Healing: An evening of storytelling - London
Telling stories is one of our most ancient and powerful forms of expression. It’s what helps us connect with one another and shines a light on our shared humanity, bringing us closer to people we may never meet or to places we may never go.
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Drawing upon this fundamental human desire, MSF held an evening of storytelling on Thursday 13 July in central London.
Our storytellers are MSF staff from a range of professions. They recounted their personal experiences of what it’s like to work with MSF in some of the world’s most demanding places.
Exploring the theme of 'healing' in its many forms, each speaker shared a short story about an experience that made a lasting impact on them while working with MSF.
It was an evening of unique, vivid and ultimately uplifting stories told by the people at the heart of our projects.
Our speakers (in order of appearance)
Christopher Peskett (event host & storyteller) - speaking about Cambodia
Chris is a registered general nurse living in the UK. Much of his professional life has been spent with MSF. He has worked in numerous programmes, mainly in Africa and Asia, involving primary healthcare, outbreaks, and HIV/TB. Chris returned to work in the UK in 2018, becoming a fundraiser for MSF, and was elected to the UK board in 2020.
Hanadi Katerji, MSF nurse - speaking about Sudan
Hanadi is a nurse with a background in emergency departments in London. She worked with several international organisations in Iraq and Palestine before completing two assignments with MSF: one in Cox’s Bazaar, Bangladesh in 2020, and the second in Darfur, Sudan earlier this year.
John Buckels, MSF surgeon - speaking about South Sudan
John’s extensive experience as a consultant surgeon in Birmingham resulted in being awarded a CBE for Services to Transplantation in 2002. Since taking early retirement he has completed 13 missions for MSF as a surgeon in various sub-Saharan African countries and one in Haiti.
Unity Enuebuke, MSF nurse - speaking about Northern Nigeria
Unity has been working in her home country of Nigeria with MSF since 2010. A registered nurse, she has vast experience of a wide range of projects, including emergency interventions, and presently holds the post of nursing activity manager at the Jahun Obstetric Emergencies and Obstetric Fistula Repair Centre in Northern Nigeria.