February 29, 2024
Humanitarian Crisis: The Migrant Struggle in the Heart of El Paso, Texas
78,841′: the number of displaced people and refugees who arrived in Menaka in 2022. It’s a figure that Paul remembers with no hesitation. Faced with this massive influx, Doctors of the World was faced with a real logistical challenge: “lack of access to healthcare, medicines, medical equipment, qualified medical staff: we were not prepared to receive such a large number of people. The situation was urgent and we had to act quickly”, recalls Paul Mushombe Mibhumba.
This was a major challenge for the organisation, which, in collaboration with its partners, put in place an emergency response to ensure that everyone had access to healthcare and the necessary aid. “We worked tirelessly to screen for disease, combat malnutrition and carry out vaccination campaigns,” recalls Paul Mushombe Mibhumba. “And enabled all these people, who had lost everything, to regain a little dignity.”
It’s an experience that has left its mark on him, and one that helps to give meaning to his day-to-day work. Restoring hope to the most vulnerable people is his greatest satisfaction.