Four unmissable blogs from January 2019

The stories that moved us or made us smile from the frontline of our work around the world

1 - Gaza: Helping Sunny Boy walk again

Even though the road ahead is uncertain, and his life may be full of thorns, I hope he will always keep the smile and face the challenges positively.

In 2018, Jennifer, a surgeon from Hong Kong, made the decision to dedicate one year of her life to humanitarian work, taking on three separate assignments in Haiti, Gaza and, most recently, Iraq.  In this post from Gaza, she shares the story of “Sunny Boy” – a young patient who sustained a devastating gunshot injury – and the bond she formed with him.




2 - Ebola: “This has touched my heart forever”


When she heard the news, Mwamini broke into song and dance. Our hardworking team and two fellow patients joined in to celebrate this most joyous moment.

In the Democratic Republic of Congo, Australian doctor Saschveen joins MSF’s fight against the ongoing Ebola outbreak – now the second-largest in history. At the end of an exhausting first week on the frontline, she shares a short story of hope and humanity.




3 - Refugees: “There is a story behind every single refugee”


Do not close your eyes, do not be fooled by walls, even if they are made of words, and do not let humanity disappear from your hearts.

South Sudan, Guinea, Yemen, Ethiopia, Nigeria, the Central African Republic, the Democratic Republic of Congo and Iraq… For German nurse Vera, this list could summarise her last four years with MSF. However, behind each country, colleague and patient, there is a bigger story to tell. In this passionate blog post, Vera writes about the themes that have run through each of her assignments, as well as her commitment to the humanitarian cause.




4 - DRC: “Last blog from a Muzungu”


You leave bits of yourself everywhere with the people who you meet and the countries that you have loved...

After a nine-month assignment in the Democratic Republic of Congo, MSF doctor Reem returns home… a place that no longer feels like her own. From struggling to talk with family members, to new-found gratitude for running water and 24-hour electricity, Reem writes an incredibly relatable blog about the humbling culture shock experienced by many humanitarian workers.