Tag: War

Gaza: “We did not have time to bury them”

On the morning of Saturday 8 June 2024, Israeli forces heavily bombed the Middle Area of the Gaza Strip, including Al-Nuseirat refugee camp. These deadly Israeli attacks reportedly killed at least 270 Palestinians and left about 700 wounded according to...

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Gaza: MSF performs surgeries, donates supplies amid overcrowded facilities

Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) is providing surgical and inpatient care, while preparing a medicine and medical consumables donation to hospitals and health facilities, in Gaza today. “Health facilities need this equipment because of the many injured patients,” says Ayman Al-Djaroucha, MSF...

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Safeguarding the mind: protecting mental well-being amidst the war in Ukraine

The war in Ukraine has created a huge need for psychological support ranging from psychological first aid to comprehensive psychological care. People have experienced fear, trauma and isolation and are showing symptoms of anxiety, depression and stress.  MSF psychologists are responding...

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Ukraine: “When the soldiers took over the clinic, I treated patients in my home”

Between 25 February and early April, the town of Hostomel, on the outskirts of Kyiv, was the scene of brutal fighting, and for a time was under the control of Russian forces. As soon as it was relatively safe to...

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Bombs over Mariupol, Ukraine: Each day is like losing your whole life

Sasha, a long-time staff member of Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) from Mariupol, Ukraine, describes life in the city as it was encircled and bombarded by Russian forces. For security reasons, he is using only his first name. I...

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Ukraine: Staff in major Kyiv hospital receive training for potential increase in casualties

Staff in the 750-bed Okhmatdyt paediatric hospital, one of the largest in central Kyiv, Ukraine, have received training and advice on mass casualty influxes (a large number of trauma patients arriving at the same time) from a visiting surgical team from...

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Ukraine: War in Ukraine has displaced me twice and I’m on the road again

Aleksandr Burmin* is an MSF staff member in Ukraine. Here he recounts how war in Ukraine has displaced him for the second time in less than 10 years.As dawn broke on 24 February in Kyiv, Ukraine, I woke to the sound of explosions...

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Ukraine: Every day thousands of Ukrainians arrive in Slovakia – traumatised and exhausted

More than 195,000 refugees have crossed into Slovakia since the war started in Ukraine on 24 February, according to the UN*. Our project coordinator, Marta Wnorowska, is currently on the Slovakian-Ukrainian border and describes the situation on the ground. How is the situation in the...

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Ukraine: Thousands of people flee bombings in south Ukraine and head west

Thousands of Ukrainians are arriving at the Palanca border crossing in Moldova every day to escape the fighting in the south of Ukraine. Since the war began, more than 230,000 refugees (as of March 8) have arrived in Moldova. However, less than half of...

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Ukraine: “There’s an urgent humanitarian race against time in Ukraine”

Anja Wolz, Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) Emergency Coordinator currently based in Lviv, Ukraine, explains the urgency of this stage of the humanitarian response to the war in the country. Here in Lviv, I am getting multiple calls from hospitals...

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Ukraine: In Odessa, “everyone is preparing for the worst”

Carla Melki, emergency coordinator for Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), has just returned from the port city of Odessa in southern Ukraine, where she was part of an MSF team assessing the current situation. Our teams there have been...

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Ukraine: Emergency medical supplies rushed to Kyiv by train from Ukraine warehouse

Around 6 pm local time, Saturday 5 March, one of Médecins Sans Frontières’ (MSF) emergency response teams in Ukraine met Oleksandr Kamyshin, Chairman of the Board of Ukrainian Railways. MSF’s first international supplies had arrived in Ukraine, and had been...

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