As MSF treats wounded in N'djamena, Chad, tens of thousands of people flee the city
2 May 2008
Over the weekend (February 2-3), MSF treated 70 wounded in N'djamena, Chad, but many hundreds of other wounded are reported to be in other hospitals in the city. Over the weekend, access to hospitals was limited due to the ongoing fighting. Since yesterday morning, there has been no fighting in the capital but MSF has been unable to access the other hospitals as the roads are blocked by the mass of people fleeing the city. Tens of thousands of people are fleeing N'djamena towards the town of Kousseri in Cameroon. An MSF team currently working in Cameroon is going to Kousseria to evaluate the needs Fighting in eastern Chad On Sunday, February 3, the town of Adré (bordering the Sudanese region of Darfur) was attacked. Several wounded arrived at the town's general hospital where an MSF team works. While some team members are being evacuated, a surgical team consisting of a surgeon, anesthetist, a nurse and the field coordinator, remains and is based in the hospital. While some teams have been reduced in eastern Chad, we are still continuing our work in the region, including in the camps for the displaced and Sudanese refugees. Reinforcing our teams MSF currently has 15 people (seven international and eight Chadian staff) working in N'djamena, and is sending an additional surgical team to N'djamena to treat the wounded, as well as additional medical and logistical staff to Cameroon to start providing aid to the refugees that are arriving from Tchad. A cargo plane has been sent from Bangui (Central African Republic) to southern Chad transpoting medical and surgical material for the hospitals in N'djamena. An additional full charter is currently being organised from France to Cameroon with additional medical and surgical material for the hospitals in N'djamena, as well as non food items for the refugees arriving in Cameroon.