Five powerful blogs from Doctors Without Borders - June 2020

Read a collection of powerful and personal stories from our medical projects around the world

1. It's not okay, so let's plant a tree


The hope of harmony lies in a clearer understanding of our sheer diversity and seeing each person’s background as a lived experience, rather than a static destiny

Charity Kamau is an MSF lab advisor. Arunn Jegan is an MSF country director. Together they have over 28 years' of experience in the humanitarian sector, helping to ensure that people in crisis situations have access to life-saving basics like medical care and clean water. Today they share a powerful call to action.


2. Trapped between Europe and COVID-19: The families stuck in Greek camps

I cannot have the luxury to lose my patience or my hope. I have to believe that we will be able to have a better life

On the fringes of Europe, thousands of refugees and migrants feel abandoned and unprotected, highly vulnerable to the spread of COVID-19. MSF communications specialist Dora shares the hopes and fears of one young Syrian family held in Vathy Camp on the island of Samos.


3. The Flooded Island Riddle


The next few days pass tensely. The rain continues sporadically, softening the runway. Thak and I drive to the airstrip regularly to check on the conditions, willing it to dry. We fear the worst.

When a young patient needs an urgent transfer in impossible circumstances, Dan and the logistics team try to find a solution to the challenging puzzle. But, in this remote part of South Sudan, not everything is in their control...


4.  “No one chooses to be a refugee” 

I cycled for hours, hiding behind buildings and trees when I heard gunfire

Barthelemy is a Burundian refugee and staff member with Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) in Nduta camp, northwestern Tanzania, where MSF is the sole healthcare provider for 75,000 refugees. As a refugee himself, Barthelemy embarked on an extraordinary journey to reach safety and begin a new life with his family.


5. How Merveille beat measles (with some help from MSF)


It felt so good to see this little one, who came to us in the arms of her mother, walk out of here by herself with small plucky steps

When a child came to the hospital with a strange rash, the MSF team in Bossangoa didn't jump to any conclusions. But then another arrived, and another. Clara shares the story of what happened next...