Four great blogs from Doctors Without Borders - August 2019

From the world's largest refugee camp in Bangladesh to a search and rescue ship in the Central Mediterranean, here are four great blogs from our work around the world this month...

1. "People are suspended in time": Two years on from the Rohingya refugee crisis


"People are suspended in time": Two years on from the Rohingya refugee crisis

We have to step up and ensure that they aren't just getting food and water but a future, too

In August 2017, over 700,000 Rohingya people began to flee Myanmar following a violent crackdown. Two years on, many of the families who escaped to neighbouring Bangladesh have little hope of returning home. Emergency coordinator Arunn Jegan explains the situation facing the thousands of people now living in the Kutupalong "megacamp" – the largest refugee camp in the world.



2. Mary: Unchained


The tsunami of emotions that washed over me at the sight of this, I cannot even begin to describe

"The tsunami of emotions that washed over me, I cannot even begin to describe," writes US midwife Kristine Lauria in this powerful and personal blog. Working in a place where mental illness is poorly understood, she meets a new mum in need of psychological support and human connection.



3. "We are humbled by their courage": Treating psychological trauma at sea


"We are humbled by their courage": Treating psychological trauma at sea

Many grew up in conflict areas and had to flee with their families - some have lost relatives and undertook this dangerous journey through the desert and through Libya unaccompanied

When people are pulled to safety by search and rescue teams in the Mediterranean, many carry invisible psychological wounds from the trauma that forced them to flee Libya and risk their lives at sea. Stefanie leads our medical team on board the Ocean Viking rescue ship. In this powerful post, she shares her experience of treating refugees and migrants in the onboard clinic.



4. Falmata and Hauwa: Strength and resilience in Maiduguri

When I first saw her, she was unconscious. I thought that we were going to lose her

In the Nigerian town of Maiduguri, hundreds of thousands of people are seeking refuge from ongoing conflict in the country's northern Borno state. Among them is Falmata and Hauwa. A mother with a heartbreaking story and a daughter with a life-threatening condition. Providing treatment and vital support, Brazilian doctor Alexandre shares their story.



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