Four powerful personal stories from our work around the world – March 2021

This month's highlights from the Médecins Sans Frontières / Doctors Without Borders (MSF) blog

When fear extinguishes hope – A report from Tigray


MSF cars drive through Tigray, Ethiopia

The extent of this humanitarian crisis on all levels is unbearable to me

In the Tigray region of Ethiopia, armed conflict has spiralled into a humanitarian crisis as hundreds of thousands of people have been forced to flee for their lives. Nurse Vera Schmitz, who has recently returned from the emergency response in Tigray, shares her first-hand experiences and a heartfelt call for international action.



My journey to becoming one of MSF’s first black African medical directors

In itself it's a sign of progress, but at the same time, it’s a sign of how far we still have to go

Driven by the inspiring words of his father, through shifts on busy HIV wards, trauma care and cutting-edge TB research, Bern-Thomas Nyang’wa shares his personal journey and the momentum towards change he hopes to build.



Those life-saving moments: Obstetrics in Afghanistan

Suddenly one of the midwives rushes in from the delivery room. I understand that it is an emergency, even without knowing Pashto.

From a busy maternity hospital in Lashkar Gah, Afghanistan, MSF gynaecologist Nana Bündgen takes us inside a medical project marked by insecurity and patients she can't forget.



Working with the Yezidi in the time of COVID-19: Part three



He explained his belief that COVID is just yet another way of God warning us of his might, and our vulnerability and fragility on this earth...

After returning home to the UK at the peak of the pandemic, health promoter Alice Higginson reflects on a recent journey into the mountains of northern Iraq and her team's work to help Yezidi communities understand and access care for COVID-19.



Want more like this? Check out our top posts of 2020 >