"Well, well. I’ve arrived. Security is intense. I understand quickly that MSF is one of the organisations that has the strictest rules about security. (My mother says thanks, people.) After three days of briefings in N’Djamena, the capital city, departure for Am Timan, in the Salamat region."
"I don’t have the time, energy or mental fortitude to try and explain to people in my other worlds the situation here. I am fundamentally unable to explain the nuance of a war I grapple to understand myself while on the ground, and the irony in telling me to ‘stay safe’ hangs on the end of every phone call."
When Konstantin began his posting with MSF in Bangladesh, the clinic was already seeing 350 patients a day. Then violence in Myanmar forced a new wave of refugees over the border...
Mental Health Activity Manager
"Many people have heard my rant about NGOs, funding, and sustainability. Anyone who is considering donating time or money to humanitarian organizations, I would really encourage you to dig into how the resources are used: what percentage goes towards office work, what goes into the field etc."
Following a wave of targeted violence against the Rohingya people in Rakhine State, Myanmar, more than half a million people have fled to Bangladesh since 25 August. The most recent influx of Rohingya refugees has added to the hundreds of thousands of Rohingyas who fled across the border during episodes of violence in previous years. Kate is MSF's emergency medical coordinator in Bangladesh, and here blogs about what the team are seeing...
As an MSF staffer, just arrived in Aweil on my first assignment with MSF, the immediate question comes in from those I left behind in New York City: “What’s it like?”