An Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) plane delivers medical supplies at Leer airstrip. In 2014, the MSF hospital in Leer – which has served the community for 27 years – was burned and looted when the town was attacked. National staff were forced to flee into the bush, carrying critically ill patients on their backs, after MSF vehicles were stolen by fighters. 'We hope that we do not see a repeat of what happened in January 2014 when fighting forced thousands of people – including our local staff who took along dozens of critically ill patients – to hide in the swamps with their families,' said Paul Critchley, MSF Head of Mission. 'When our staff were able to return some months later, we found the hospital burnt, the operating theatre destroyed, and our supplies looted.'