Four powerful stories from our staff around the world - January 2022

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

Nine months in Afghanistan



The future of almost everything is uncertain, and our activities are still under pressure

When Mamman arrived in Afghanistan on 31 December 2020, it was for a short assignment in a 'quiet' part of the country. Nine months later, he had been on the frontline of an escalating conflict, led tense negotiations and coordinated the medical response to an ongoing malnutrition crisis.



Family and floods: Saving two lives in South Sudan



At last there’s a cry, and a wave of relief breaks over me. The baby girl is breathing on her own.

South Sudan's catastrophic flooding crisis has now hit more than 835,000 people, cutting off many from basic healthcare and services. From the giant displacement camp at Bentiu, midwife Erin Lever tells the story of one critically ill mother and a family determined to get her to care.



Nursing in Nigeria: "A passion was ignited in me"



I made a decision that this was the only kind of nursing job I wanted: where my patients wouldn't have to suffer because they didn't have money

"It's one thing to treat infection, but it's another to prevent it," says Shirley, an expert in protecting both staff and patients from dangerous diseases. In her inspiring story, she shares how a temporary nursing job in 2019 turned into a passion for a vital branch of medicine that keeps people safe.



Central African Republic: Facing the horrific


Why do humans end up committing horrific acts of violence against innocent people?

From the Central African Republic, where some communities have faced years of brutal insecurity, MSF project coordinator Gilles shares the story of one harrowing night, two young patients, and a question that struggles to be answered.