Fighting for the lives of refugees

THE WORST experience a doctor can ever have is when a child dies. It happened to me in the tent hospital where I was the only doctor for 30,000 people in a refugee camp in South Sudan.

I was working for up to 24 hours a day in temperatures of up to 46 degrees at Yida camp – where for two months I was the only doctor – for Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), which ran the hospital. Every day, 500 more refugees arrived in the camp, which was on arid land covered by termite mounds and small trees, 15km from the Sudan border.

A malnourished 18-month-old boy with pneumonia was brought to the