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Vol.10, Ed.1 Dispatches MSF CANADA NEWSLETTER IN THIS ISSUE 4 Keeping aid workers safe 6 Letter from the field: Myanmar 8 Food is not enough Earthquake response 12 Ebola outbreak 14 James Orbinski's imperfect offering IRAQ © MSF 11 15 WHAT ARE WE IF WE DO NOT HAVE HOPE? Canadians on mission ar and violence have come to a temporary end for Kamal M.* For two weeks now, the young man from Baghdad has been hospitalized in the relative safety of Kurdish-controlled northern Iraq. His left leg has a splint after several operations, his face is covered by deep cuts and nearly a quarter of his body surface is burnt. The 22-yearold tells his story in just a few words: Working as a guard for a security company he was on the first truck of a convoy that delivered goods from the north to Baghdad. His car hit a bomb. The driver is dead and the other two passengers were severely injured, as was Kamal. W The ward where Kamal is recovering is a friendly and light hospital room with 14 beds. Patients in some of the neighbouring beds tell similar stories. Wounded by blasts or shootings, victims of the war and the insurgency ravaging Iraq. It was Kamal's company that brought the wounded to this hospital in Erbil – a hospital supported by a Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) team since March of 2007. Confronted with a huge humanitarian crisis for almost five years now, the Iraqi health system is no longer able to give proper care for these victims of violence. Thousands of doctors have fled the coun(continued on page 2) 1999 Nobel Peace Prize Laureate

Dispatches (Winter 2008)

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