And then there was war: Front line workers on the front line
When the current pandemic reached the world community in 2020, we were uncertain of its impact, spread and duration, similar to that of war. Most of us could believe that this virus will change the world and life as we knew it. And then February 2022 came and main stream media lost its appetite for COVID-19 statistics and variants. All news is now focussed on the Russian invasion of the Ukraine.
Some of us remember our own Border War while the older generation still have vivid images and memories of WW2. There are also the recent (and some still ongoing) Yemeni Civil War, Iraqi Civil War, Syrian Civil War, Mexican Drug War, North-West Pakistan War, Darfur War in Sudan, Iraq War, Ethiopian conflict with Tigray, Afghanistan War and the Israeli-Palestine conflict, amongst others.
Unfortunately, there are no winners in war and the communities pay the ultimate price.
The current situation in the Ukraine shows how first responders are still doing what they do best, respond, irrelevant of the conditions. There are many photos and videos showing scenes where fire fighters are attempting to extinguish fires or rescuing victims from the damage caused by artillery, rockets and missiles in many of the larger cities, including Kyiv and medics responding and assisting the injured, the doctors and nurses trying to make dieu with what they have. We compiled some photos from the media in acknowledgement of their dedication during this fairly unprecedented past week.
Our thoughts and prayers are with all those affected by this war.
WHO Medical cargo lands in Warsaw airport for Ukraine
A WHO shipment of life-saving medical supplies has arrived in Warsaw for delivery to Ukraine. 36 tons of supplies arrived from WHO’s warehouse in Dubai and more is en route as the need continues rising across Ukraine. This shipment includes trauma supplies to meet the needs of 1 000 patients requiring surgical care and other medical supplies to meet the needs of a population of 150 000 people.
Health facilities and health workers in Ukraine are in dire need of supplies to continue treating casualties as well as people who are ill from other conditions. WHO strongly calls for safe passage for these and other humanitarian and health deliveries.
Flavio Salio, WHO Emergency Medical Teams Network leader, said, “I’m here in Poland where 36 metric tons of medical supplies have just landed, destined for Ukraine. We have surgical supplies to treat the wounded, as well as medicine for all other diseases that do not stop for war. The supplies will be moved into trucks to the border with Ukraine and then further, to support the affected health system.”
Europe's cathedral bells ring out for peace in Ukraine
Landmark cathedrals across Europe chimed in unison on Thursday in a gesture of solidarity with Ukraine, as bystanders gathered to mourn those killed during Russia's invasion and pray for peace. In Paris, the Notre-Dame cathedral, badly damaged by fire in 2019, tolled its great bourdon bell while in Madrid a crowd gathered outside the city's La Almudena cathedral. The bells of Cologne Cathedral, which stood tall amidst a sea of rubble at the end of World War Two after allied bombs flattened the city, St Stephen's in Vienna and Berlin's remembrance church also rang out.
Quote of the week
“In war whichever side may call itself victor. There are no winners. But all are losers.” ~ Neville Chamberlain, 1869-1940
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