"A small incident can be enough. A trigger. A push over the edge. Something mundane."
internally displaced people
For the displaced people in camps scattered across northeast Nigeria, protection often ends at the compound gate. Armed groups operate in these areas, waiting to attack the vulnerable when they leave the camp to search for firewood to cook with. Michael Githinji, who describes himself as a “maker”, recently visited Pulka camp to see if he could find a design solution to their problems.
Mariko Miller is a Canadian emergency nurse working with MSF in Kirkuk, in northern Iraq, where MSF teams are providing healthcare to people forced from their homes by armed conflict, and supporting emergency care in two hospitals.
Psychologist Christine blogs about life in Myanmar, where she works with the team to provide mental health support to patients with TB and HIV/AIDS...
Fighting broke out in Jamam, Maban county of South Sudan, in early January causing thousands of people to flee their homes. Approximately 2,500-3,000 people had taken refuge in the Kaya area of Maban.
MSF and other actors responded quickly by organising and distributing mosquito nets, blankets, plastic sheeting and some basic cooking utensils. Following this our logisticians fed back that they were concerned re: the number of people there, and that many appeared unwell or heavily pregnant.
By the gate, an old lady lies down in the mud, defeated. Skeleton thin she is wearing a threadbare cotton dress. She has no shoes. She digs in the soil with her scarred hands, so thin you can see her bones. She slowly brings the mud up to her mouth, and eats it.
This lady and the indignity of her situation will be etched in my memory forever.
Violence in Central African Republic has forced over a hundred thousand people to leave their homes and livelihoods behind and take refuge in M'Poko
Ben blogs from Afghanistan