Alexander is a doctor from Sweden. He's currently working for MSF / Doctors Without Borders in the Central African Republic, a country where the health system has been badly affected by years of armed violence. Today, we meet some of his patients from the children's ward...
"It’s a childbirth complication: the woman is 20 years old, 37 weeks pregnant, and the baby is on its way. But the position of the child is 'breached' and the woman has been in labour for a while. Her cervix is fully dilated at 10 cm, but the baby has not emerged."
"The shooting feels like it’s just next to us, on the other side of the wall, but it’s actually a bit further away. Kalashnikov’s and heavier artillery echoes in the air. We lie on the ground and then everybody hurries to the safe room, which is just a few metres away."
"Back home I left my apartment and car, and packed only the things I always carry with me: my skateboard, my skate shoes and my hat. Most likely, they won't ever get used here: the hat is too hot, the shoes are too thin and the skateboard requires terrain that is rarely found out on the field; if there is even time to relax. These belongings mark my comfort zone though: a piece of home taken with me, something to fall back on."
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