What was your path to applying with Médecins Sans Frontières?
I first encountered Médecins Sans Frontières as a teenager during the Sri Lankan Civil War. It was after the ceasefire agreement, and NGOs were able to operate in Tamil-controlled areas.
Médecins Sans Frontières was supporting surgical care and mother and child healthcare in Kilinochchi, where there was high mortality due to malnutrition, and a lot of people with war wounds including from all the landmines in the area. They later made the decision to withdraw from Tamil-controlled areas after a directive from the government.
Years later while working with another organisation in the Syrian war, I saw the Médecins Sans Frontières E-team (emergency team) going to all lengths to gain access to people needing care. That really inspired me.
In Sri Lanka, it had become a war without witnesses— as humanitarian organisations and others withdrew, Tamils didn’t have anyone to speak out with us on the atrocities we experienced.