I learned a lot about closing a project in Liberia. It’s always difficult, but it’s important to maintain the capability to be the first responders in conflict zones and not have our resources tied up providing primary care. You get attached to the staff , you get attached to the patients, but it’s important that MSF is able to maintain the capacity to do what we do.
These people are still terrified, so they wait until their condition is critical to seek medical care. The displaced people are too afraid to return to their homes in case the violence is not yet over.
Earlier this week, renewed fighting around the town of Duékoué sent more than 60 wounded people to the MSF-supported hospital in Bangolo, about 30 kilometers (18 miles) north. The MSF local staff in Duékoué also received 138 patients. At least hundreds of people fled the town, and among them part of the medical staff. Their situation is very worrying—the population continues to suffer from the direct consequences of the violence.
Carole Coeur, who is currently working as an MSF field coordinator in the western reaches of Ivory Coast, near the border with Liberia, where MSF is running mobile clinics and supporting local hospitals amidst pervasive insecurity and violence.
In Liberia, starting on February 24, we have witnessed the arrival of a second wave of refugees. People are afraid and do not speak of returning. And they fear for those who have remained in Ivory Coast. It is important to continue to provide assistance wherever the refugees are found, and wherever the local population has been made vulnerable by this massive influx of people.
MSF-USA is Created
MSF opens an office in New York City, its first outside Europe. A year later, offices open in Canada and Italy as well, and the International Office is formed, based in Geneva.
Civil War in Liberia
MSF provides emergency care at the height of the fighting.