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Aurelia *

an MSF patient in Tegucigalpa, who was raped at gunpoint by strangers

Before the (MSF) doctors took care of me, I wanted to die … I felt dirty; I felt as if I had lost a part of my life; I didn’t want to exist anymore. But I had therapy and counselling and, thanks to this, I’ve been able to overcome a lot. It has changed my life.

* Name has been changed


Ahmed’s nine-year-old son and a friend were injured while playing with something they found: unexploded ordnance. Ahmed brought his son to Ar Ramtha for emergency treatment.

In Daraa they told me they could not treat the kind of injuries my son had. They did not have the right kind of equipment, and there was only one doctor. We were lucky. It only took 15 minutes to get to the border and we managed to get to the hospital within 25 minutes. His whole body was full of shrapnel; the largest injuries were on his leg. So far he has had seven surgeries, and we hope that his treatment is nearly finished.



suffering from MDR-TB

While on treatment, I had no idea that I would need psychological help. But when you take the drugs, you get side effects. I became nervous and apathetic. The psychosocial support that I received from MSF during my entire treatment was tremendously helpful. After six months of outpatient treatment, the doctor came to my house with the results of my last sputum tests: "Shakirake, I have good news for you, the test results are great. You have been cured!"


Samar Ismail

MSF counsellor, Shatila camp, Beirut

Many of the people I see come from parts of Syria that have been bombed. Some have lost children or other family members ... The first thing I try to do is understand what happened to them and where the negative feelings are coming from. We work on stress management, after we understand the problems. Most people have difficulty understanding why people have treated them the way they have.

Alexander Kollie
© Katy Athersuch / MSF

Alexander Kollie

his son was MSF’s 1,000th Ebola survivor

I noticed my son looking more tired than usual. I was worried about him. He didn’t have any symptoms like vomiting or diarrhoea, but he just looked tired. I called the Ebola hotline and MSF brought him to their Ebola care centre here in Foya to be tested … When the test came back positive, it was a night of agony for me … After some time, my son started doing much better. He was moving around. I prayed that he would be free of Ebola and test negative, but I was worried that his eyes were still red. I just wanted us to be together again. Then something amazing happened, something I could not actually believe until I saw it. Until that moment I saw him coming outside, I could not truly believe that it would happen. I’ve seen people with Ebola start to look strong and then the next day, they’re just gone. So I was also thinking, maybe Kollie will be one of those who will be gone the next day. When finally I saw him come out, I felt so very, very happy. I looked at him and he said to me, “Pa, I am well.”