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Even as Yemen was reeling from the effects of a relentless war, a cholera epidemic broke out in April 2017. In the ensuing months, the epidemic would engulf almost the entire country, pushing an already vulnerable population to the very brink. It was this Yemen Dr Shiny Kaki went to in May. The…
September 28, 2017
MSF nurse Kawkab Al Sarafi working in the Emergency Room of the Al Koweit university hospital in Sana’a. Photo: Florian SERIEX

Stories from the field

Mukul and ZehraI heard hundreds of stories – stories both beautiful and barbaric – while treating war-wounded patients from Syria during my first assignment with MSF in Jordan. But this story ought to be told. It is about an 8-year-old girl, who told me her story with crayons and sketch pens…
We've compiled a list of the top five reads from our Indian field workers who've shared their stories with us this year.     How my first assignment with MSF changed me Anaesthetist Deepa Kannadi went to South Sudan earlier this year for a short stint in an MSF hospital. Here’s her account of…
A thin framed Kamla looked around through her meek sunken eyes, unsure whether she was at the right place, wondering whether she should share her experience or not. This was the first time she was visiting MSF’s Umeed ki Kiran clinic on the recommendation of our health educator. It was the friendly…
“He would come home drunk, beat me, pee on my face and threaten to abuse me in worse ways.”
Nishith Kumar, a medical doctor from Bihar, recently returned from Yemen, a country ravaged by two and a half years of war. In this interview, he explains the impact it has had on patients, and how MSF teams dealt with an unprecedented cholera outbreak.     Ad Dhale is not a place many people in…
Photo: Florian SERIEX/MSF
In the first week of September, I was asked to get on the next available flight from Dhaka to join the team responding to the refugee influx in Cox’s Bazar. At that point, 120,000 Rohingya had crossed from Myanmar into Bangladesh. I had never seen a population of that size arriving in such a short…
Photo: Mohammad Ghannam/MSF
Cholera broke out in Yemen in April 2017. Since then, more than 860,000 suspected cholera cases have been reported in the country by the WHO and health authorities in Yemen. This represents one of the worst outbreaks globally in recent memory. Since the beginning of the outbreak, Doctors Without…
Photo: Florian SERIEX/MSF
A thin framed Kamla looked around through her meek sunken eyes, unsure whether she was at the right place, wondering whether she should share her experience or not. This was the first time she was visiting MSF’s Umeed ki Kiran clinic on the recommendation of our health educator. It was the friendly…
“He would come home drunk, beat me, pee on my face and threaten to abuse me in worse ways.”
Covered in dust, four-year-old Ahmed* sits on his father`s lap outside the MSF hospital in west Mosul. The boy devours a biscuit that’s just been handed to him, covering his face in chocolate. For the moment, Ahmed seems distracted from the horrors he`s survived, including the death of his two…
Nigerian refugees in Cameroon are being forcibly returned to northeast Nigeria. In March 2017, three of them told MSF staff their stories.   Mayara*, 35 years old, 16 March 2017 I am originally from a village, not too far from here, but fled to Kolofata in Cameroon more than one year ago…
Photo: Malik Samuel/MSF
As fighting intensifies to control the city of Raqqa, the city’s residents are once again caught in the middle. During six years of war, they have suffered bombing, fighting, persecution and public beheadings. Thousands have risked their lives to cross checkpoints and minefields to reach safer…
MSF staff entering the Meshta Nour hospital, Kobane, Syria. Photo: Jamal Bali/MSF
Swaziland has the highest rate of new cases of tuberculosis in the world. Multidrug-resistant forms of the disease are on the increase.  For many DR-TB patients like Winile, treatment is a long and gruelling two-year journey involving between 15 to 25 toxic tablets every day and daily…
Winile, 39, XDR-TB patient & HIV-positive, received a sign language qualification. She became deaf due to the side effects of the treatment. Matsapha clinic, Manzini Region, Swaziland. Photo: Alexis Huguet/MSF
By Zanele Zwane, MSF Swaziland “You see, I am healed. Even my legs don’t give me problems anymore. Now I can walk perfectly. I walk around the hospital; go out for fresh air and come back when I’m ready,” says an elated Tholakele as she walks around her ward demonstrating her recovery.  …
Tholakele, an MDR-TB patient, was admitted in National TB Hospital, Moneni, Manzini Region, Swaziland  in April 2016. She now spends her days reading her bible. Photo: Alexis Huguet/MSF
Mukul and ZehraI heard hundreds of stories – stories both beautiful and barbaric – while treating war-wounded patients from Syria during my first assignment with MSF in Jordan. But this story ought to be told. It is about an 8-year-old girl, who told me her story with crayons and sketch pens…
We've compiled a list of the top five reads from our Indian field workers who've shared their stories with us this year.     How my first assignment with MSF changed me Anaesthetist Deepa Kannadi went to South Sudan earlier this year for a short stint in an MSF hospital. Here’s her account of…
Nishith Kumar, a medical doctor from Bihar, recently returned from Yemen, a country ravaged by two and a half years of war. In this interview, he explains the impact it has had on patients, and how MSF teams dealt with an unprecedented cholera outbreak.     Ad Dhale is not a place many people in…
Photo: Florian SERIEX/MSF
In the first week of September, I was asked to get on the next available flight from Dhaka to join the team responding to the refugee influx in Cox’s Bazar. At that point, 120,000 Rohingya had crossed from Myanmar into Bangladesh. I had never seen a population of that size arriving in such a short…
Photo: Mohammad Ghannam/MSF
Cholera broke out in Yemen in April 2017. Since then, more than 860,000 suspected cholera cases have been reported in the country by the WHO and health authorities in Yemen. This represents one of the worst outbreaks globally in recent memory. Since the beginning of the outbreak, Doctors Without…
Photo: Florian SERIEX/MSF
Trauma surgeon Shazeer Majeed has worked for Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) in Yemen, South Sudan and Iraq. He is now working in northern Syria, a region gripped by instability, and shares his day-to-day reality of trying to keep victims of war alive. Dr Shazeer Majeed"…
The empty and damaged streets during the last battle of Raqqa city. Photo: Diala Ghassan/MSF
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