MSF's Conclusions and concerns
MSF 1999 Report: Mutilations of civilians in Sierra Leone
24 May 1999
It is feared that the number of mutilated persons is far higher than the number of those admitted to the hospital. Indeed, the number of wounded admitted to the hospital is directly linked to their possibility to move freely. The team regularly receives new patients suffering from terrible wounds, including people who have gone for weeks without treatment. Given the nature of these injuries, one can imagine that many of those wounded are unable to reach the hospital and are left to die along the road. In fact, many of the patients from whom testimony was taken, mention others who were wounded and of whom nothing further has been heard. The fact remains that much of Sierra Leone is currently inaccessible to humanitarian aid agencies. It is in these parts of Sierra Leone that the needs of the population are undoubtably the greatest. Under constant threat by armed groups, these people are in desperate need of humanitarian assistance, and most importantly, protection.