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[Perspectives] Moses Massaquoi: health leader in humanitarian crises

In 1996, Moses Massaquoi and several thousand refugees boarded a Nigerian freight ship to escape the ravages of Liberia’s civil war. Within 3 days the ship began to founder in the waters off Cote d’Ivoire, before Massaquoi, acting as the ship’s doctor, decided to take charge. “The crew were unable to communicate a SOS radio message. I fixed the radio aerial, and was able to recall from memory the radio signal for MSF in Liberia. Fortunately they got the message out, and we were rescued before the ship sunk”, Massaquoi recalls.