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Bosnia. Rwanda. Kosovo. Sierra Leone. Pakistan. Just a few of the world's humanitarian and political crises in the past years. Whether the result of war or nature, these disasters devastate populations and cripple health systems. Despite the immense dangers and difficulties of the work, one organization, Doctors Without Borders, has continuously intervened at these frontlines of overwhelming human need.
Set in war-torn Congo and post-conflict Liberia, Living in Emergency interweaves the stories of four volunteers with Doctors Without Borders as they struggle to provide emergency medical care under the most extreme conditions.
Two volunteers are new recruits: a 26 year-old Australian doctor stranded in a remote bush clinic and an American surgeon struggling to cope under the load of emergency cases in a shattered capital city. Two others are experienced field hands: a dynamic Head of Mission, valiantly trying to keep morale high and tensions under control, and an exhausted veteran, who has seen too much horror and wants out.
Amidst the chaos, each volunteer must confront the severe challenges of the work, the tough choices, and test the limits of their own idealism.
Really fine documentary. You see enough of the horror to get it but unlike SPCA commercials, you can actually watch all the way through. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Max P.
I am a big fan of MSF, and this DVD boosted my admiration all the more. It showed the doctors as dedicated but altogether human. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Pamlet
this a true documentary of doctors in there best and worst from their emotion in coping with chaos in medicine in coutriesPublished on November 24, 2012 by William Savigne
A must see for all who plan to work with MSF! Meets all clichés! Beautiful lady doctor and James Dean hero type! Be a part of the team!Published on October 11, 2012 by Sönke
As a physician who is interested in working for MSF, this documentary gives an insight into what the lives of the doctors working for MSF are like. Read morePublished on May 21, 2012 by P. Mahale
I loved this documentary! You get an inside look into MSF and see the kind of work they do. I watch it every time I need more motivation for medical school.Published on April 14, 2012 by Stonek