“I had never heard such explosions in my life.”

A nurse working in one of the MSF supported hospitals in Yemen, talks about his experience with hearing airstrikes for the first time in Al Dhale, Yemen.

I didn’t understand right away that these were airstrikes but I remembered hearing planes earlier.

I was afraid; I felt that bombs exploded next to me… I was shaking.

After that I was suffering from a severe  headache and felt as if I would go into a coma because when I left MSF supported hospital in Al Dhale Governorate where I work, I couldn’t find any transport to go back home. People were on the streets in front of the hospital disoriented, confused.

When I finally managed to get transportation, it was a small public bus, I was asking the driver to drive as fast as he could to leave the area.  

After that incident, I decided to take a couple of days off and stay at home with my family but I couldn’t stay for long because my work is our only source of income.

This incident affected me badly; now I start shivering and trembling even when I hear a gun shot or any sound of explosions. 

When I’m climbing the stairs in the house or the hospital and someone slams the door downstairs, I might even fall unconscious from that because of fear.

I’m not sure for how long I’ll be working in the hospital or with MSF. I prefer to be at home with my family where it’s safe and away from the airstrikes and fights, instead of working in a hospital at the frontlines.

I’m too afraid of being here.

MSF in Al-Dhale

MSF provides life-saving healthcare services in Ministry of health (MOH) Al-Nasser Hospital in Al-Dhale District, in southwestern Yemen. The support includes emergency room (24/7), surgery, post-operative care, sterilization, laboratory, infection control, health care waste management and referrals.

Since the beginning of 2015, MSF project in Al-Dhale’ has received 10,317 patients in the emergency room and 1,232 injured among which are more than 490 war wounded. MSF also provided general consultations to 11,206 patients.