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Dallas Boyd
Dallas Boyd

Working as a medic in a warzone could be considered “pushing shit uphill” when your own government is actively trying to kill you, along with everyone else*. This weekend the Syria Campaign is focused on getting support from medical workers around the world, to pressure the United Nations into enforcing their own resolutions.

The UN Security Council has passed three resolutions (2118, 2139, and 2209) banning the use of chemical weapons and barrel bombs. Yet the Syrian Government continues to attack civilians while the U.N. sits back thumb-twiddling - unable to address the crimes against humanity, because Russia (backed by China) vetoed the war from being refered to the International Criminal Court. The fiddly bureaucracy reminds me of Noam Chomsky's quote: "A democracy is a system in which you are free to do whatever you like, as long as you do what we tell you."

Angelina Jolie has pleaded with the United Nations on behalf of the Syrian people. In response to her briefing, Syria's U.N. Ambassador Bashar Ja'afari said: "She is beautiful." So it seems like Syria’s U.N. Ambassador may not be the right person for the job, to put it lightly. Either that, or he's been seriously mis-quoted to look like a total jackass.

Major field hospitals are repeatedly bombed and inexperienced medics often have to rely on Skype calls or YouTube videos to be guided by other doctors during surgical procedures. And then, there’s “medics” like these young children, doing what they can - also risking their lives - in oversized white doctors coats with the sleeves rolled up – (the video link that I embedded here is pretty heavy to digest…but watch it to the end, it’s time to wake up to this shit).

As Europe struggles to deal with an influx of Syrian refugees, the Syria Campaign reasonably points out that the most effective solution to this problem is to ensure civilian safety in the homes and country they don’t want to leave in the first place. These people don’t want to get in some crappy boat and re-settle in Europe. They’d be quite happy to live peaceful safe lives in their own hometown, where they can send their children to school within their own language and culture. That means stopping the barrel bombs, chemical weapons and violence they’re fleeing from. 

Do you know someone who is a doctor, nurse, or paramedic? Help out by asking them to please sign this letter to the United Nations, asking them to keep their promise and stop the bombs. Medical workers from around the world are invited to add their voice to the appeal: www.medicsunderfire.org

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*97.4% of the medical workers who have been killed in Syria, were killed by the Syrian government. Statistics from Physicians for Human Rights Report, 11 March 201.
See: https://www.sams-usa.net/foundation/images/PDFs/Syrian%20Medical%20Voices%20from%20the%20Ground_F.pdf

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