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Four eye-witness stories from our work around the world - July 2020

From armed violence to COVID-19, our teams are providing expert medical care around the clock. Here, four of our team-members share personal accounts from the past month.

1. "They all had gunshot wounds": Emergency mode in South Sudan

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Istifanus Chindong Damulak
Istifanus Chindong Damulak

I knew before I picked up the phone that this was an emergency

When violence erupted in Pieri, South Sudan, killing 200 people and wounding 300 more, the MSF team at nearby Lankien hospital braced for a wave of severely injured patients. Medical team leader Istifanus Chindong Damulak shares his personal account of this traumatic time.

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2.  The surprise of meeting Mandro

I was somewhat in awe, but still not really understanding what had happened in between the child’s arrival at the hospital and the day he was cured

A story about a forgotten disease and forgotten people, living through a forgotten conflict.

READ AVRA'S STORY >


3. COVID-19 in South Sudan: Waiting for the wave - Part 1 and Part 2

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Inside an MSF hospital tent in Bentiu camp, South Sudan

It’s as if we can all see an enormous tidal wave approaching in slow motion

As the pandemic disrupts medical supplies and staff, doctor Ayla Emmink is relocated from her rural project to a vast UN displacement camp – where our teams are racing to prepare for the arrival of COVID-19.

READ AYLA'S STORY >


4. Yemen: The strength to save my family

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Zainab, an MSF health promoter in Yemen

It can be hard for society to fathom that a woman can be responsible for an entire family. But I challenged their notions: I refused to listen and I continued working.

Health educator Zainab shares her deeply personal story of loss and determination amid Yemen's brutal civil war.

READ ZAINAB'S STORY >