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Four on-the-ground stories from the frontline - August 2020

From a "mass casualty event" in South Sudan to treating children held at an infamous camp in Greece, MSF teams are adapting to the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic. Here are four stories from our work around the world in August.

1. OVERWHELMED: THE MENTAL HEALTH CRISIS AMONG CHILD REFUGEES IN GREECE

 

The days go by incredibly fast... I’m used to seeing things that would have seemed impossible to me before

Behind the label “unaccompanied minors” are the stories of thousands of children seeking safety in Europe. Take time to read this deeply powerful account from Kateřina, a child psychologist treating trauma and searching for hope in Greece’s infamous Moria camp.

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2.  EIGHT SPACES ON THE PLANE

 

This choice was one of the most difficult situations I have ever faced. There was no right answer

The team at Lankien hospital in South Sudan are preparing for their first COVID-19 patients when a violent attack on a nearby town brings a crisis of a different kind. British doctor Jennifer Hulse shares this powerful eyewitness account from a "mass casualty event".

READ JENNIFER'S STORY >


 

3. CAMP LIFE IN THE TIME OF COVID-19

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Now, with the pandemic, living in the camp has become more stressful than before for most of the residents

Three years after his family fled Islamic State violence for the safety of a displacement camp, MSF health promoter Hameed shares how the arrival of COVID-19 in Iraq has forced many families to make more difficult choices.

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4. COVID-19 IN SOUTH SUDAN: "WE CAN DO THIS, TOGETHER"

As I increase the oxygen for an asthmatic patient and adjust the medication of the boy next to him, I wonder how long things will be like this. The silence before the storm

What's it like to wait for a pandemic to hit your hospital? As they make all the preparations they can, MSF doctor Ayla writes from remote Bentiu, in South Sudan.

READ AYLA'S STORY >