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Dr. Tor Deng is a general practitioner working for MSF in Abyei, a region with special administrative status between Sudan and South Sudan. After graduating from medical school in Khartoum, he decided to come back to Abyei, his home region.
I used to work in the Accident and Emergency Department in Hong Kong. Sometimes I would hear my friends describe it as a "war zone".
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.
American medical doctor Theresa Chan is in Cambodia, based in MSF's hepatitis clinic in Phnom Penh.
Jonathan Whittall has been working in MSF’s newly opened field trauma hospital in a village to the south of Mosul for three weeks.

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