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Doctors Without Borders Is Pulling Out Of The World's Largest Refugee Camp


Health & Wellness  (tags: Global Health, Guinea, Health Care, Humanitarian Aid, Kenya, Liberia, Syria )

Judy
- 1239 days ago - thinkprogress.org
Ongoing problems with healthcare in war zones go beyond Kenya. A recent report highligts increasing attacks on health care workers around the world.



   

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leta r (23)
Friday May 29, 2015, 1:16 pm
We must work with our combined resources and strength to resolve/reverse the destruction being wrought here...this concerns us all, no matter who, where we are; we're all brothers and sisters in this together..can we have some suggestions and leaders arise and come forward.. . .,to draw us into a cohesive group energy effecting benefit for all concerned...
 

Judy C (91)
Friday May 29, 2015, 2:09 pm
I couldn't agree more, Leta.
 

Animae C (507)
Friday May 29, 2015, 4:52 pm
Sadly noted.
T.Y. Judy
 

Sheryl G (360)
Saturday May 30, 2015, 11:32 am
This sadly is the new reality on the ground, that these Heartless Violent Ones are on purpose targeting the health care workers and other type of humanitarian aid. As is always the case, the most innocent the women and all the children, suffer in the greatest of numbers.

I'm not sure what will soothe all these fires out around the world, but I know one thing, inequality and ongoing destruction of lands is a major factor. When people have a means to feed themselves, obtain justice in all of the aspects of life, violence tends not to erupt so frequently. But idle men find something to get into and these Heartless Ones recruit them into violent acts against others, who most the time had nothing to do with their own feelings of desenfransment.

This "global economy" is doing more to fuel these flames and the Climate Disruption is causing large areas to wither and die from drought, which is the beginning of the unrest in Syria, or the flooding is causing large areas to not be habitable that way so people move into areas that others who were already in struggle can't absorb.
 

Winn A (179)
Saturday May 30, 2015, 3:16 pm
Very sad . . . . .
 

loreta R (43)
Saturday May 30, 2015, 7:03 pm
Unfortunate.
 

Judy C (91)
Saturday May 30, 2015, 9:35 pm
Dandelion, you do a very good job of describing how globalization, disrespect and greed are having such a destructive effect on the natural world and The People. Hopelessness and poverty are the roots of unrest and "terrorism". When medical personnel are under fire like this, we know how just how sick our world has become.

The article points out some solutions for protecting health care personnel that have been developed:

"Some entities have made moves to protect health care workers. In 2011, the International Committee of the Red Cross launched its Health Care in Danger campaign, a global effort to mobilize support for health care providers in war zones and strengthen their capacity to provide lifesaving resources during civil conflicts. Red Cross officials followed up with the launch of the initiative with the release of a report that highlighted factors that prevent the delivery of health care and plans. During a workshop held in Brussels last year, the group compiled recommendations that nations could adopt immediately, including the improvement of legal protection for patients, health care facilities and the proper use of distinctive emblems."

It's beyond me how the world doesn't put more value on human life, and prioritize taking care of the sick, and of the helpless victims. It's everyone's responsibility.
 

Past Member (0)
Sunday May 31, 2015, 1:12 am
Terrorist groups that seek to exploit chaos by killing doctors and teachers should be hunted down and crushed.
 

Mona E (0)
Sunday May 31, 2015, 5:14 am
A shocking story. I knew things were bad, but I hadn't realized how widespread the deterioration in respect for medical workers had become. When Doctors without Borders pulls out of somewhere, it means that they've found it impossible to continue their work, because they are highly dedicated. So sad.
 

Past Member (0)
Sunday May 31, 2015, 5:45 am
When can peace occur?
 

Jeannet Bertelink (74)
Sunday May 31, 2015, 1:10 pm
Sad, thanks Judy
 

Birgit W (160)
Sunday May 31, 2015, 1:21 pm
This is just heartbreaking!
 

pam w (139)
Sunday May 31, 2015, 3:22 pm
So...the THUGS are winning.
 

Fiona Ogilvie (562)
Sunday May 31, 2015, 5:06 pm
My daughter is a doctor. Before the birth of her younger two children, she served in the field with DWB in several countries. She tells me that attacks against healthcare workers have increased. She has friends in Reporters Without Borders. Before Reporters Without Borders people only faced attacks from people who wanted to silence stories....now there are just meaningless attacks....not even robbery. I don't know what is happening with this world. Very discouraging.
 

Judy C (91)
Sunday May 31, 2015, 7:43 pm
Thanks everyone. Betsy, thanks for sharing about your admirable daughter. I first became aware of DWB in International Studies class in 1988. A doctor who was a member lectured to our class, and I have had great respect for this organization ever since. It is terrible that DWB and RWB would be under attack at all, and especially the meaningless attacks that hurt the most vulnerable people possible!
 

Shirley S (187)
Sunday May 31, 2015, 11:16 pm
Why aren't these medicos protected by an army?
 

Tomek Malinowski (17)
Monday June 1, 2015, 5:01 am
ty
 

pam w (139)
Monday June 1, 2015, 7:33 am
Shirley...."Why aren't these medicos protected by an army?"

+++++++++++++ WHOSE army? The Kenyans? Well, the Somalis certainly can't do it. The practicalities of sending armies into these areas just to protect doctors are enormous---and, massing an army along that border would only inflame more violence.

ISIS is depending on providing the impetus for that holy war they long for.
 

Gloria p (304)
Monday June 1, 2015, 8:52 am
It's very sad but that is how wars declared or not are orchestrated.
 

Roberto MARINI (88)
Monday June 1, 2015, 9:01 am
Sad, thanks Judy
 

Pamela A (48)
Monday June 1, 2015, 2:03 pm
Very disheartening
 

David C (108)
Monday June 1, 2015, 2:11 pm
sadly noted
 

Janis B (7)
Monday June 1, 2015, 3:44 pm
We are amaze that these brave folk do the work they do at all under such circumstances. Sorry to hear this when there is such need.
 

marie C (163)
Monday June 1, 2015, 5:13 pm
This is really bad news
 

Jonathan Harper (0)
Tuesday June 2, 2015, 4:55 am
noted
 

Past Member (0)
Tuesday June 2, 2015, 6:03 am
Sadly noted--thanks Judy. They do need protection from some private corp. of great force. It seems a "catch 22", in that a private squad would also attract violence. Yet, the drs. can't help without protection. The patients can't be brought to them. It must be totally disheartening to patch-up a patient and have to leave them in such a violent environment also. Other than a "Robot Protection Army", and other computerized modern protections--done from afar, I can't solve this one. Dandelion's comment is spot on, as usual. Also, Betsy's and Judy's are very interesting.
 

pam w (139)
Tuesday June 2, 2015, 7:21 am
My good friend Linda (a trauma room/ER nurse) tried to volunteer helping in this area and was refused. Apparently, everyone who works there is in danger, especially women, who are not respected or valued by the thugs perpetrating this violence. She was disappointed, of course, but came to see the wisdom in that refusal.
 

Panchali Yapa Yapa (26)
Tuesday June 2, 2015, 1:28 pm
Thank you
 

Barbara P (1069)
Tuesday June 2, 2015, 5:16 pm
Sadly Noted....
 

Gerry W (0)
Tuesday June 2, 2015, 7:20 pm
The people in all these war torn countries need to stand up to the Governments and radical idiots.
 

Judy C (91)
Wednesday June 3, 2015, 1:36 am
Aid workers are supposed to be protected by the Geneva Conventions and later Protocols, but this kind of problem arises at times. Contractors seem to be present everywhere, so maybe some of them could be employed to provide security.
 

Nikki Davey (16)
Sunday June 7, 2015, 1:10 am
Such a terrible shame
 
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