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Lake Chad: “The only certainty is that people will remain uprooted and continue to live in fear”

The Lake Chad region has become the epicentre of violence with continued attacks by the Islamic...

In Memoriam: Médecins Sans Frontières colleagues killed in the Kunduz Trauma Centre attack

October 3, 2015 will forever remain a black day in Médecins Sans Frontières’ history. In the early...


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“It’s only lunchtime and we’ve already admitted 151 children today.”

Dr Hussein Sheikh Qassim works in the Médecins Sans Frontières hospital in Marere, southern Somalia. He spoke to us by phone at 1pm on 15 July.more

18/07/2011 Somalia

A cruel reality: Coping with life in North Kivu, Democratic Republic of Congo

Joelle Depeyrot has returned from North Kivu after 11 months working as a Mental Health Officer. more

08/07/2011 Democratic Republic of Congo

Logistician from Sydney, working in Dadaab refugee camps

Don McCallum,36, is an engineer from Sydney, recently returned from Dadaab in Kenya, the site of the world’s largest refugee settlement. Don was working as a logistician in the Dagahaley camp, in his first field placement with...more

16/06/2011 Kenya, Somalia

Voice from the field: Nenna Arnold

“These people are surviving with the bare minimum that a human can survive with.”more

16/06/2011 Kenya, Somalia

Voice from the field: Dr Gedi Mohamed

“I can’t imagine I’ll ever achieve more in my career than what I’m doing here, in terms both of helping patients and the special relationship I have with them”more

16/06/2011 Kenya, Somalia

Libya: Dr Morten Rostrup in Zintan

Since 30 April, a Médecins Sans Frontières team is working in the hospital of Zintan, a city located in western Libya, south west of the capital of Tripoli, in the Nafusah Mountain region. For weeks now, Zintan and the...more

17/05/2011 Libya

Libya boat evacuation part 2

We had just returned from Médecins Sans Frontières’ second evacuation of war-wounded from the besieged city of Misrata to the safety of hospitals in Tunisia. I walked out onto the balcony and saw a small, blonde girl, dancing...more

12/05/2011 Libya

Libya boat evacuation

On Sunday 3 April 2011, Médecins Sans Frontières evacuated 71 patients by boat from the Libyan city of Mistrata, where ongoing violence has overwhelmed medical facilities with the injured. Alison Criado-Perez, a nurse and member...more

12/05/2011 Libya

One Week in a Hospital as Fighting Rages in Abidjan, Ivory Coast

During a week of intense violence that preceeded the arrest of former Ivory Coast president Laurent Gbagbo on April 11, a Médecins Sans Frontières team working at the Abobo Sud Hospital in northern Abidjan was isolated and unable...more

03/05/2011 Côte d'Ivoire

Ivory Coast: “Wounded Patients Are Stable, But Their Problems Are Not Over”

Hundreds of people died and hundreds of others were seriously wounded during an outbreak of violence that occurred in the Duékoué region of western Ivory Coast between March 28 and 30. A Médecins Sans Frontières surgical team...more

15/04/2011 Côte d'Ivoire
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