How the World Health Organization is battling bullets, politics and a deadly virus in the Democratic Republic of the Congo

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Tomorrow’s wars will be faster, more high-tech, and less human than ever before. Welcome to a new era of machine-driven warfare

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“Sorry for late reply. We’ve been under nonstop air strikes today, and I’ve been with emergency patients all day.” I received that Skype message in response to a request to interview 32-year-old neurosurgeon Omar Ibrahim, originally from Egypt but based for the past five years in Syria and the last two in Idlib

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Stop the Carnage

June 3, 2019

Doctors call for an end to Syria hospital airstrikes. As Idlib province comes under renewed attack, Nobel laureates and surgeons issue a plea to save their colleagues and patients

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Our Leonard Rubenstein, in a letter to the editor of the Washington Post, writes, “Gaining adherence to these now-universal norms of conduct remains a struggle, but we must work to see their promise fulfilled, not to undermine them by pardoning those who commit war crimes.”

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“The violence is directly connected to the inability to get the epidemic under control,” said our Leonard Rubenstein, “It’s an unrecognized problem, Anybody concerned with global health needs to … recognize what a threat this is to people all around the world and to us as well when epidemics can’t be stopped because of violence.”

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Our Len Rubenstein writes, ‘…3 years ago the UN Security Council adopted a resolution reaffirming long-held norms of respecting and protecting health care in conflict…Since then, governments have continually declared that such attacks are unacceptable, but their conduct shows instead that the attacks have become accepted

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The annual figures, produced by the Safeguarding Health in Conflict Coalition chaired by our Len Rubenstein and presented to members of the Security Council, show that hospitals have been subjected to airstrikes, clinics have been torched and patients assaulted. In total there were 951 attacks on health facilities in 23 countries

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