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Fatima

30 years old, Dasht-e-Barchi

"I feel very tired but so happy. It’s my first baby. I have been pregnant four times before but never had a baby. I lost each of them, after three months, four months and five months. The last one after six months … When I got pregnant again, I went to a small private clinic for antenatal care. I never did before because we don’t have money to spend for that. But this time, we really thought it was important and I went three times … My husband had to work a lot to pay for the medical care. Our neighbours told us to come [to the MSF clinic] once the baby came. They said I would be taken care of."

AFGHANISTAN

Thea

76 years old – was identified through case-finding activities in Kien Romiet village and admitted for treatment

MSF came to see the village chief, who asked the people to go to see the MSF team about the screening. An MSF minivan came and took those who wanted to be screened to the hospital. When I arrived at the hospital the doctor saw me and after the process told me I had TB … I did not know I had TB, but MSF knew it.

CAMBODIA

Kim Comer, Logistician

Today we did a canoe kiss. It sounds a lot more romantic than it is.

A kiss movement is a movement between two projects or locations where one vehicle from each project meets the other halfway to exchange cargo or passengers. It cuts down on the driver’s time behind the wheel and the vehicle’s time away from the field. It’s called a kiss because the two Land Cruisers touch noses, like a kiss. In reality, they hardly ever touch noses. One, it’s dangerous. Two, it’s hard to load and unload when the cargo doors are on opposite sides, rather than the cars being side by side in some shady spot. But still the name remains, kiss.

To read more, visit blogs.msf.org/kim

CHAD

Angela Patricia

Angela’s brother and her sons’ father were found murdered and dismembered in 2008

My sons … still ask me what happened to their father. I tell them you need to forgive to feel good. But they are angry and ask why they did that to their father and uncle. The older one was very sad and missed him a lot. The MSF psychologist has helped us overcome the pain and she has guided me a lot because there are times when you don´t know how to explain things to children. With her you can open up.

COLOMBIA

Ebmesam

We met 64-year-old Ebmesam from Syria the day after he arrived on the Greek island of Leros.

The journey from Turkey was hard. But compared to what I faced in Syria or Egypt, it was nothing. We were 28 people and the boat was too small. I believe that we only made it thanks to God – otherwise we would all have died. The smuggler abandoned us on a Greek island. We were found and arrested by people dressed in black. For two hours, we were bent over, almost lying on the ground, in the heavy rain. When you found me [the following morning], I was soaking wet. I was praying to God that I would be able to continue with my journey … In Leros, I had a really hard time in the police station … The cell was extremely small, and I suffer from chronic asthma. It was supposed to hold two people, but there were 12 of us inside.

GREECE