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2005-12-15 23:55:00

By Bill Tarrant SIGLI, Indonesia - Most of the patients at Sigli General Hospital are trauma cases, which might be expected in this coastal town in Aceh pulverized by the tsunami and caught up in conflict between the Indonesian army and Acehnese rebels. Except the trauma cases are from traffic accidents. Those have proliferated since a peace process began in August with rebels from the Free Aceh Movement (GAM), and as the impact from the December 26th tsunami recedes, Medicins Sans...

2005-11-28 10:23:42

By Gershwin Wanneburg LUSIKISIKI, South Africa (Reuters) - A young woman leans on a cane, breathing heavily as she struggles to walk across the tiny, packed waiting room at a clinic in one of South Africa's poorest provinces. Another man -- frail, his hearing destroyed by tuberculosis and AIDS -- is carried in on a wheelbarrow lined with a blanket by his two brothers. The Mantlaneni clinic in the Eastern Cape has no running water or electricity. Set among remote rural slopes dotted...

2005-11-27 12:13:01

By Gershwin Wanneburg LUSIKISIKI, South Africa (Reuters) - A young woman leans on a cane, breathing heavily as she struggles to walk across the tiny, packed waiting room at a clinic in one of South Africa's poorest provinces. Another man -- frail, his hearing destroyed by tuberculosis and AIDS -- is carried in on a wheelbarrow lined with a blanket by his two brothers. The Mantlaneni clinic in the Eastern Cape has no running water or electricity. Set among remote rural slopes dotted...

2005-11-17 12:22:37

By Opheera McDoom AL-BILEEL CAMP, Sudan (Reuters) - A culture of impunity for rape in Sudan's Darfur region means women like Mariam, assaulted and left for dead, say they don't even bother to report the attacks to police, aid workers and officials said. Mariam, who was too afraid to give her full name because she was worried about reprisals for discussing the taboo subject, says women are most at risk when they leave the refugee camps that house around 2 million mostly women and...

2005-10-31 10:45:00

By Simon Cameron-Moore JHEER BANDIA, Pakistan (Reuters) - The dead have been buried, but the stench from carcasses of animals trapped under the collapsed mud roofs of their stables still pollutes the mountain air around Jheer Bhandi. Some three weeks after the earthquake struck this part of Pakistani Kashmir, Kevin Baker, an Australian doctor with Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF), was the first outsider to reach the forlorn hamlet after a lung-bursting climb up a hillside. Seen from across the...

2005-10-14 07:43:07

By Katie Nguyen AKUEM, Sudan (Reuters) - Looking at the cloudless sky, Sudanese villager Nyanut Nyang knows she cannot count on the rains for a bountiful harvest of sorghum, but she can rely on a foreign-run hospital for food rations to ease her hunger. When asked how she would cope with next year's anticipated food shortages, her response is typical of many heading to the Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) feeding center in southern Sudan. "I will come back and they will assist me."...

2005-08-25 07:55:21

By David Lewis MUVULE, Congo (Reuters) - Nearly 200,000 people in a remote corner of Congo share one doctor, three nurses and a hospital most cannot reach, let alone afford, aid workers said on Thursday. The collapse of the state health system, violence by militia and government soldiers and a lack of outside help have raised death rates in Mitwaba territory in northern Katanga to five times levels usually found in Africa, the relief workers say. Mitwaba's predicament is similar to...

2005-08-24 12:09:58

By Marie-Louise Gumuchian NIAMEY (Reuters) - U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan called for more aid to save people starving in Niger, saying on Wednesday a debate about whether the world body had been slow to react was "totally irrelevant" to those in need of help. Speaking at the end of a two-day visit to Niger -- where some aid workers have accused the United Nations of failing to act in time to avert mass hunger -- Annan said donors had still only met half of a U.N. appeal for the...

2005-08-23 08:47:02

By Marie-Louise Gumuchian ZINDER, Niger (Reuters) - Facing criticism that the United Nations acted too slowly to avert starvation in Niger, U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan visited one of the worst affected areas on Tuesday to draw more attention to the crisis. Greeted by over 1,000 people at the airport in the town of Zinder -- some of whom shouted "hunger, hunger" -- Annan met President Tandja Mamadou and visited a clinic for infants wasted by the impact of last year's drought and...

2005-08-02 10:03:25

By David Lewis KINSHASA (Reuters) - More than 100,000 people have been deprived of medical care after kidnappings of staff working for a medical charity in Congo's Ituri district forced it to scale back operations, the organization said on Tuesday. Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) (Doctors Without Borders) made the announcement while issuing a report highlighting the level of violence against civilians in the area, where more than 60,000 people have been killed in fighting since 1999. "The...


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