June 16, 2023 – As violence rages in West Darfur, wounded people are coming in waves to Adré hospital in Chad, where they are being treated by MSF and Ministry of Health teams. At least 242 wounded were received on 15 June alone, and 348 on 16 June.
With an additional 50 wounded brought into Adré hospital today at the time of writing, a total of at least 622 injured patients have been received in the course of the last three days. Among them, about 430 are in need of surgical care. Some are being referred to other hospitals in Abéché. Most of the injuries are gunshot wounds.
“The situation is frankly overwhelming, but everyone is doing their utmost to cope with it,” said Dr Seybou Diarra, MSF project coordinator in Adré.
MSF teams, who have been working in Adré since 2021, set up a small emergency surgical unit in the district hospital a month ago in response to the conflict spreading on the other side of the border. They are also expanding medical activities to meet the increasing needs of Sudanese refugees in the area. Approximately 6,000 people have fled El Geneina and taken refuge in Adré over the last few days, joining more than 100,000 others who have already fled Sudan for safety in eastern Chad since mid-April.