In North Kivu, Violence is “Hopelessly Commonplace”
At the end of 2011, Doctors Without Borders was the target of a violent attack in Masisi, North Kivu, in the east of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). This incident forced the organization to reduce its teams between that November and April of this year. Activities have resumed, but the security situation remains tense. Anna Halford, returning from a four-month mission as a project coordinator in DRC, reflects on the work Doctors Without Borders does to help people enduring daily violence.
After the attack last November, how did Doctors Without Borders start its activities up again?
Immediately after the attack we reduced the project to several fixed activities with supervision maintained from outside the project. We were mainly working in the hospital and in two health centers, while all our peripheral activities, like mobile clinics, ambulances, and referrals were suspended. We also stopped all public health promotion beyond a 5 kilometer [about 3 mile] radius.
Patients wait at an MSF facility in Masisi, where activities have resumed after a 2011 attack.
DRC 2011 © Peter Casaer