Four moving blogs from Doctors Without Borders - January 2020

From an intensive care ward in South Sudan, to a hospital helping children recover from a little-known but devastating disease, read these powerful stories from our work around the world

Two-year-old Mohammed was brought to Sokoto hospital after wounds caused by noma made it too difficult for him to eat

1. "Do children die in England?"


British doctor Jennifer Hulse is providing emergency care in Lankien, South Sudan

If your child was dying in front of you and a foreign doctor appeared, speaking a language you didn't understand, then did something that made no sense to you, that you thought could harm your child, what would you do?

British doctor Jennifer is faced with tough questions as she adjusts to life in Lankien, South Sudan. In this moving story, she shares her first weeks of working in the emergency room and intensive care unit treating critically ill children.



2. Libya: Nowhere to go but the sea


A Somali woman looks out to sea after being rescued by MSF and SOS MEDITERRANEE

The experiences we faced in Libya were far worse than anything we went through in Somalia

Escalating conflict and insecurity in Libya is leading thousands of people to flee, taking their chances on unseaworthy boats across the Mediterranean - the world's deadliest migration route. On board the search and rescue ship Ocean Viking, MSF writer and editor Natasha meets survivors and shares their stories. 



3.  "Rage serves no place": Finding hope in a noma hospital


Young patients with their parents at MSF's noma hospital in Sokoto

I had to take a step back behind the mother and calm myself. The kind mental health nurse placed a hand on my shoulder whilst also holding the mother’s head while she was crying.  

British nurse Scarlett joins a specialist team in northwest Nigeria, helping young patients find new life after suffering from a devastating and disfiguring disease.



4. "It is truly harrowing": Tackling sexual violence in the slums of Nairobi

Theatre is a key medium for getting important messages across to young children, especially on subjects still considered very much taboo

Sexual and gender-based violence is rife in Nairobi's second-largest slum, Mathare, where an estimated 300,000 people live in cramped conditions. On a recent trip to the Kenyan capital, major gifts manager Abi discovers the size of the problem and what our teams are doing to address it. 




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