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Adamou Mohamadou, 30, and his son, Mohamad Nour, seven, are from Zawa, Central African Republic (CAR). “We’ve been here in Gbiti [Cameroon] for a month,” said  Adamou. “His mother is still in Gbiti with our three other children. We left CAR because of an attack on Zawa. We walked for three months. My son was only drinking milk so when the cows died, he did not have anything to eat. I don’t know what will happen next - we are waiting for the Cameroonian government to decide what our fate will be.” Between December 2013 and January 2014, several hundred thousand people fled abuse and violence in CAR, many seeking refuge in Chad and Cameroon. The Chadian government’s decision in May to close its border and the inadequate humanitarian aid offered in Cameroon impede Central Africans from seeking refuge in neighboring countries.

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Adamou Mohamadou, 30, and his son, Mohamad Nour, seven, are from Zawa, Central African Republic (CAR). “We’ve been here in Gbiti [Cameroon] for a month,” said  Adamou. “His mother is still in Gbiti with our three other children. We left CAR because of an attack on Zawa. We walked for three months. My son was only drinking milk so when the cows died, he did not have anything to eat. I don’t know what will happen next - we are waiting for the Cameroonian government to decide what our fate will be.” Between December 2013 and January 2014, several hundred thousand people fled abuse and violence in CAR, many seeking refuge in Chad and Cameroon. The Chadian government’s decision in May to close its border and the inadequate humanitarian aid offered in Cameroon impede Central Africans from seeking refuge in neighboring countries.

Photo by Laurence Hoenig/MSF
Alima is 25 years old and from Berberati city in Central African Republic (CAR), where more than half a million people are internally displaced and around 140,000 have taken refuge in border countries due to horrific ongoing fighting. Alima hid for several days at her neighbor’s home before seeking refuge in a church. She was stabbed as she was entering the car which was going to transport her. She never saw her attacker. She made it to Garoua-Boulaï in Cameroon. Her family fled to northern Cameroon, but Alima couldn’t follow and is now on her own.  Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) supports the hospital there. In one week, the team provided over 900 medical consultations.   

Photo by Laurence Hoenig/MSF

Alima is 25 years old and from Berberati city in Central African Republic (CAR), where more than half a million people are internally displaced and around 140,000 have taken refuge in border countries due to horrific ongoing fighting. Alima hid for several days at her neighbor’s home before seeking refuge in a church. She was stabbed as she was entering the car which was going to transport her. She never saw her attacker. She made it to Garoua-Boulaï in Cameroon. Her family fled to northern Cameroon, but Alima couldn’t follow and is now on her own.  Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) supports the hospital there. In one week, the team provided over 900 medical consultations.   

Photo by Laurence Hoenig/MSF
Refugees from Central African Republic (CAR) wait in Garoua-Boulaï, Cameroon, to be transferred to transit camps in Mbogorné. They are registered with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) but haven’t received any shelter, food or water. Between December 2013 and January 2014, several hundred thousand people fled abuse and violence in CAR, seeking refuge in Chad and Cameroon. After several months of displacement, the Central Africans who have reached Cameroon arrived exhausted and traumatized. Their health status is alarming, particularly in terms of nutrition, with nearly half of the children suffering from malnutrition. Read more: http://bit.ly/1std1C2

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Refugees from Central African Republic (CAR) wait in Garoua-Boulaï, Cameroon, to be transferred to transit camps in Mbogorné. They are registered with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) but haven’t received any shelter, food or water. Between December 2013 and January 2014, several hundred thousand people fled abuse and violence in CAR, seeking refuge in Chad and Cameroon. After several months of displacement, the Central Africans who have reached Cameroon arrived exhausted and traumatized. Their health status is alarming, particularly in terms of nutrition, with nearly half of the children suffering from malnutrition. Read more: http://bit.ly/1std1C2

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Tens of thousands of people have fled violence targeting Fulani and Muslim communities in northern Central African Republic (CAR) and sought refuge in southern Chad. Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF)  has set up two programs in Sido and Bitoye, both in Chad, to provide emergency medical care and basic non-food items. The Chadian government’s decision in May to close its border with CAR, and the inadequate humanitarian aid deployed in Cameroon, impede Central Africans from seeking refuge in neighboring countries. In June, MSF teams recorded more than 1,700 new arrivals in Sido. They included people arriving from CAR or from other transit camps in Chad who had come to join the family members from whom they had been separated. Some had to pay to cross or walk for hours to find easier crossing points. Others came under fire. Read more: http://bit.ly/1std1C2

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Tens of thousands of people have fled violence targeting Fulani and Muslim communities in northern Central African Republic (CAR) and sought refuge in southern Chad. Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF)  has set up two programs in Sido and Bitoye, both in Chad, to provide emergency medical care and basic non-food items. The Chadian government’s decision in May to close its border with CAR, and the inadequate humanitarian aid deployed in Cameroon, impede Central Africans from seeking refuge in neighboring countries. In June, MSF teams recorded more than 1,700 new arrivals in Sido. They included people arriving from CAR or from other transit camps in Chad who had come to join the family members from whom they had been separated. Some had to pay to cross or walk for hours to find easier crossing points. Others came under fire. Read more: http://bit.ly/1std1C2

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Patients await consultation at a Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) clinic in M’Poko camp near Bangui airport in the capital of Central African Republic (CAR). Today, nearly the entire Muslim population in the western half of CAR has left in just a few months. Several enclaves under the protection of armed international forces in Bangui, Carnot, Boda, and Berberati still shelter a few thousand Muslims, but their living conditions are precarious and they have few prospects. Now confined in ghettos, this portion of the Central African population still faces daily threats. Most people believe it is too dangerous to go to the hospital or move around town. While the hospital remains functional, there is little access to it, and MSF has referred 14 emergency cases by airplane and ambulance to hospitals in Bangui and Bria. Read more: http://bit.ly/1std1C2

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Patients await consultation at a Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) clinic in M’Poko camp near Bangui airport in the capital of Central African Republic (CAR). Today, nearly the entire Muslim population in the western half of CAR has left in just a few months. Several enclaves under the protection of armed international forces in Bangui, Carnot, Boda, and Berberati still shelter a few thousand Muslims, but their living conditions are precarious and they have few prospects. Now confined in ghettos, this portion of the Central African population still faces daily threats. Most people believe it is too dangerous to go to the hospital or move around town. While the hospital remains functional, there is little access to it, and MSF has referred 14 emergency cases by airplane and ambulance to hospitals in Bangui and Bria. Read more: http://bit.ly/1std1C2

Photo by Laurence Hoenig/MSF
A refugee girl waits to have her bandages changed in a Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) tent in Garoua-Boulaï District Hospital in Cameroon. Her family fled the violence in their village on a truck transporting wood. Several were wounded when the truck got into an accident. The refugees were referred to the Cameroon hospital from the MSF hospital in Bouar, Central African Republic (CAR), when the situation became too unstable in the area. Nearly 85 percent of those who died in CAR before any attempt to flee were men (1,863). However, the violence did not spare women, children, or the elderly. There were 209 children under 15 and 227 people over the age of 60 who died because of violence. Survey data and the statements collected by MSF teams in CAR, Chad (where refugees have also sought safety), and Cameroon highlight the breadth of the violence that the populations have experienced — both inside CAR and as they fled the country. Read more: http://bit.ly/1std1C2

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A refugee girl waits to have her bandages changed in a Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) tent in Garoua-Boulaï District Hospital in Cameroon. Her family fled the violence in their village on a truck transporting wood. Several were wounded when the truck got into an accident. The refugees were referred to the Cameroon hospital from the MSF hospital in Bouar, Central African Republic (CAR), when the situation became too unstable in the area. Nearly 85 percent of those who died in CAR before any attempt to flee were men (1,863). However, the violence did not spare women, children, or the elderly. There were 209 children under 15 and 227 people over the age of 60 who died because of violence. Survey data and the statements collected by MSF teams in CAR, Chad (where refugees have also sought safety), and Cameroon highlight the breadth of the violence that the populations have experienced — both inside CAR and as they fled the country. Read more: http://bit.ly/1std1C2

Photo by Laurence Hoenig/MSF
In a Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) tent in Garoua-Boulaï District Hospital in Cameroon, MSF nurse Gervais changes the bandages of a patient transferred from the MSF hospital in Bouar, Central African Republic (CAR). MSF supports the hospital in Garoua-Boulaï: in one week, the team provided more than 900 medical consultations. Between December 2013 and January 2014, several hundred thousand people fled abuse and violence in CAR, seeking refuge in Chad and Cameroon. After several months of displacement, the Central Africans who reach Cameroon arrive exhausted and traumatized. Their health status is alarming, particularly in terms of nutrition, with nearly half of the children suffering from malnutrition. “There are still massive deficits in the distribution of aid to the hundreds of thousands who managed to escape the violence and reach Chad or Cameroon,” said Dr. Mego Terzian, MSF’s international president. “The bare minimum that can be done for this population that has suffered incredible violence, lost family members, and been uprooted from their homes, is to provide them with humanitarian assistance.” Read more: http://bit.ly/1std1C2

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In a Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) tent in Garoua-Boulaï District Hospital in Cameroon, MSF nurse Gervais changes the bandages of a patient transferred from the MSF hospital in Bouar, Central African Republic (CAR). MSF supports the hospital in Garoua-Boulaï: in one week, the team provided more than 900 medical consultations. Between December 2013 and January 2014, several hundred thousand people fled abuse and violence in CAR, seeking refuge in Chad and Cameroon. After several months of displacement, the Central Africans who reach Cameroon arrive exhausted and traumatized. Their health status is alarming, particularly in terms of nutrition, with nearly half of the children suffering from malnutrition. “There are still massive deficits in the distribution of aid to the hundreds of thousands who managed to escape the violence and reach Chad or Cameroon,” said Dr. Mego Terzian, MSF’s international president. “The bare minimum that can be done for this population that has suffered incredible violence, lost family members, and been uprooted from their homes, is to provide them with humanitarian assistance.” Read more: http://bit.ly/1std1C2

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Here, Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) staff members provide a medical consultation inside the Muslim camp for internally displaced persons in Carnot Catholic Church in Central African Republic (CAR). Since December 2013, extreme violence in the Central African Republic continues, and frontlines continue to shift with regular clashes between anti-Balaka militias and ex-Séléka rebel groups, as well as criminal elements who act with impunity. Although international forces on the ground are growing in number, they are still unable to secure the protection of the civilian population, in particular the Muslim communities that have either fled or live in a few enclaves under international armed protection. In Carnot, around 900 Muslim internally displaced persons are staying at the Catholic Church in crowded and unsanitary conditions, guarded by African Union soldiers from Cameroon.MSF provides medical care, water and food, and sanitation. MSF has also been running  an HIV/TB project in the area  since 2010 and provides support to three health centers, mainly for conditions such as malaria, respiratory infections, and diarrhea. Read more: http://bit.ly/1std1C2

Photo by Yann Libessart/MSF

Here, Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) staff members provide a medical consultation inside the Muslim camp for internally displaced persons in Carnot Catholic Church in Central African Republic (CAR). Since December 2013, extreme violence in the Central African Republic continues, and frontlines continue to shift with regular clashes between anti-Balaka militias and ex-Séléka rebel groups, as well as criminal elements who act with impunity. Although international forces on the ground are growing in number, they are still unable to secure the protection of the civilian population, in particular the Muslim communities that have either fled or live in a few enclaves under international armed protection. In Carnot, around 900 Muslim internally displaced persons are staying at the Catholic Church in crowded and unsanitary conditions, guarded by African Union soldiers from Cameroon.MSF provides medical care, water and food, and sanitation. MSF has also been running  an HIV/TB project in the area  since 2010 and provides support to three health centers, mainly for conditions such as malaria, respiratory infections, and diarrhea. Read more: http://bit.ly/1std1C2

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Refugees pose for a photo in the Clément center in N’Djamena, the capital of Chad. Six hundred Central African refugees are living in this transit center constructed by the government of Chad in order to accommodate the 15,000 people who were evacuated from Bangui, Central African Republic (CAR), by air. Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) conducts medical consultations in each of the eight sites hosting the CAR refugees in N’Djamena. MSF’s mobile teams found many patients in need of basic health care, as well as several serious post-op cases that required follow-up. There is an increasing need of water and sanitation provision, which MSF teams are supporting. MSF has also set up operations in the south of Chad, in Bitoye and Sido, where an additional 25,000 refugees have arrived from CAR.

Photo by Samantha Maurin/MSF

Refugees pose for a photo in the Clément center in N’Djamena, the capital of Chad. Six hundred Central African refugees are living in this transit center constructed by the government of Chad in order to accommodate the 15,000 people who were evacuated from Bangui, Central African Republic (CAR), by air. Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) conducts medical consultations in each of the eight sites hosting the CAR refugees in N’Djamena. MSF’s mobile teams found many patients in need of basic health care, as well as several serious post-op cases that required follow-up. There is an increasing need of water and sanitation provision, which MSF teams are supporting. MSF has also set up operations in the south of Chad, in Bitoye and Sido, where an additional 25,000 refugees have arrived from CAR.

Photo by Yann Libessart/MSF
The MSF-supported Mamadou M’Baïki health center serves a diverse neighborhood that has nonetheless seen the exodus of many Muslim inhabitants, who have fled violence. Between January, a month after MSF first began to provide support to the Mamadou M’Baïki center, and May 2014, the percentage of Muslim patients served has gone from 30% to less than 10%. "We have no other choice than to flee," said a displaced person waiting in a transit camp near Bangui airport in February.

Photo by Yann Libessart/MSF

The MSF-supported Mamadou M’Baïki health center serves a diverse neighborhood that has nonetheless seen the exodus of many Muslim inhabitants, who have fled violence. Between January, a month after MSF first began to provide support to the Mamadou M’Baïki center, and May 2014, the percentage of Muslim patients served has gone from 30% to less than 10%. "We have no other choice than to flee," said a displaced person waiting in a transit camp near Bangui airport in February.

Photo by Yann Libessart/MSF
Here, a mother and child wait for non-food item distribution at an MSF mobile clinic in the Central African Republic (CAR). Since the beginning of February, MSF sends a mobile clinic several times a week to the Central Mosque of Bangui, the capital of the CAR, in the district of PK5. There, thousands of displaced people are gathered, afraid to go to the local Mamadou M’Baïki health center, which is supported by MSF. In the month of May alone, 583 consultations were provided provided, and patients include 93 children.

Photo by Yann Libessart/MSF

Here, a mother and child wait for non-food item distribution at an MSF mobile clinic in the Central African Republic (CAR). Since the beginning of February, MSF sends a mobile clinic several times a week to the Central Mosque of Bangui, the capital of the CAR, in the district of PK5. There, thousands of displaced people are gathered, afraid to go to the local Mamadou M’Baïki health center, which is supported by MSF. In the month of May alone, 583 consultations were provided provided, and patients include 93 children.

Photo by Yann Libessart/MSF
 A young boy, displaced by conflict in the Central African Republic (CAR), peers through the curtains of a temporary shelter at the Mamadou M’Baïki health center in the PK5 Muslim neighborhood of Bangui, which MSF has been supporting since December. In May, MSF referred 19 malnourished children to an existing Action Against Hunger (ACF) project in Bangui. While the Ministry of Health will take over medical care for adults on July 1st, 2014, MSF will continue to provide free pediatric care to children 0-15 years old, and free medication to patients of all ages.

Photo by Yann Libessart/MSF

 A young boy, displaced by conflict in the Central African Republic (CAR), peers through the curtains of a temporary shelter at the Mamadou M’Baïki health center in the PK5 Muslim neighborhood of Bangui, which MSF has been supporting since December. In May, MSF referred 19 malnourished children to an existing Action Against Hunger (ACF) project in Bangui. While the Ministry of Health will take over medical care for adults on July 1st, 2014, MSF will continue to provide free pediatric care to children 0-15 years old, and free medication to patients of all ages.

Photo by Yann Libessart/MSF
A mother and child wait for the results of a blood test for malaria in the PK5 district of Bangui. The time from testing to results is 15 minutes, and provides a positive or negative result by searching for parasites in the blood. Malaria is transmitted when one is bitten by an infected Anopheles mosquito carrying the parasite. In 2012, malaria caused an estimated 627,000 deaths, mostly among African children, but is both preventable and curable when caught in time. Control and preventative measures can dramatically reduce the incidence of this disease.

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A mother and child wait for the results of a blood test for malaria in the PK5 district of Bangui. The time from testing to results is 15 minutes, and provides a positive or negative result by searching for parasites in the blood. Malaria is transmitted when one is bitten by an infected Anopheles mosquito carrying the parasite. In 2012, malaria caused an estimated 627,000 deaths, mostly among African children, but is both preventable and curable when caught in time. Control and preventative measures can dramatically reduce the incidence of this disease.

Photo by Yann Libessart/MSF
"Malaria kills more than bullets," said an MSF nurse in the PK5 district of Bangui in February. Here, boxes of malaria antigen detection tests, which allow for rapid diagnosis in the absence of a traditional laboratory, are shown sorted by negative or positive results. In May, 687 consultations were conducted for malaria patients. Malaria remains one of the primary public health problems in the Central African Republic and the leading cause of death among children.

Photo by Yann Libessart/MSF

"Malaria kills more than bullets," said an MSF nurse in the PK5 district of Bangui in February. Here, boxes of malaria antigen detection tests, which allow for rapid diagnosis in the absence of a traditional laboratory, are shown sorted by negative or positive results. In May, 687 consultations were conducted for malaria patients. Malaria remains one of the primary public health problems in the Central African Republic and the leading cause of death among children.

Photo by Mathieu Fortoul/MSF
This past weekend, MSF treated 28 people injured during fighting in Bangui, Central African Republic. Of those patients, 16 were women and four were children, from babies up to 15 years old. Most injuries were caused by bullets and grenade shrapnel. Read the latest report:http://bit.ly/1mFMRZK

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This past weekend, MSF treated 28 people injured during fighting in Bangui, Central African Republic. Of those patients, 16 were women and four were children, from babies up to 15 years old. Most injuries were caused by bullets and grenade shrapnel. Read the latest report:http://bit.ly/1mFMRZK