The first surprise was the sheer size of the attack on Marawi City by pro- Islamic State fighters. The crisis since – with 360,000 people displaced, and heavy combat into its fifth month – is equally unprecedented, leaving the Mindanao region of the Philippines
Despite the end of Colombia’s 50-year long conflict with the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia – People’s Army (FARC-EP) in November 2016, the country still faces many challenges. Other armed groups and criminal organizations are still active.
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.
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.