Dr. Akin ChanSurgeon Stepping onto the Syrian territory once again, after 18 years, I have a mixed feeling. I was still a freshman in the medical school in the year of 2000.
One late night, our hospital received a patient with a gunshot wound and he needed emergency surgery. In Bor, you have to prepare everything yourself before operations, from electricity supply, to surgical gowns, instruments, etc.
When I was in Bor, my height did bring me some interesting encounters. Upon arrival at Juba, the capital of South Sudan, no one behind the immigration counter believed my age. They thought I was 15 years old.
During the three months in Bor, I never saw a patient nor their family shed a drop of tear.  A woman who was pregnant with her second child came to the hospital.
“Doctor, doctor! Please come immediately!” Mama Teresa, our head nurse grabbed my hand the second I jumped off the MSF car in front of the office.  “Come, come!” she urged. We rushed into the ward.
On this trip to the Old Fangak hospital, in addition to gaining the experience to complete the transformation of the operating room and dealing with mass casualty, the biggest honor was to get to know the legendary Dr Jill. 
The recent civil war in South Sudan has been heating up and our surgical team at Bor has received a request for assistance from another MSF project located at Old Fangak.  Old Fangak Médecins Sans Frontières hospital is located in the northern part of South
As a humanitarian aid worker, I have always had conflicting wishes. On the one hand, I hope to save more lives, but on the other hand I pray the world no longer need aid workers, there are no more wars or natural disasters.
I am happy to return to Bossangoa of Central African Republic, which I came 2 years ago when the huge humanitarian crisis started.

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