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Afghanistan: renewed fears of an escalation in fighting

Source: International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) - Switzerland - Thu, 12 Apr 2012 01:00 AM
Author: International Committee of the Red Cross
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The footage was taken by an independent photojournalist, André Liohn, and produced by the ICRC as part of a worldwide campaign to end violence against health workers, facilities and patients. "Every year, countless people in armed conflicts and other emergencies fall victim to the phenomenon of violence against health care and the resulting inability to find or deliver proper treatment," said Jean Milligan, the head of the ICRC's production unit. "André's work shows this problem in stark detail... You see doctors in the midst of a firefight, dragging a patient into a warehouse and through a hole in the wall to get him to safety. It's the kind of scene you'd expect to find in an action film. Except that it's real, and what you're seeing is a matter of life and death." The Webby Awards have been described as the leading international prize honouring excellence on the Internet. "Of the over 8,000 entries submittedâ&${esc.hash}128;¦ fewer than 15% were distinguished as an Official Honoree," said the Awards' website. "This honor signifies an outstanding caliber of work." Mr Liohn said the "real recognition" belonged to the men and women in Libya, who put their own lives on the line to save others. "The courage I witnessed was phenomenal. War often presents people with just a split second to decide to do the right thingâ&${esc.hash}128;¦ for a soldier to let an ambulance carrying the wounded through a military checkpoint or for a group of rebels to allow doctors to treat injured, enemy fighters," said Mr Liohn. "In the midst of tragedy and great suffering in Libya, I saw the power of humanity and the importance of letting health workers do their jobs safely." For more information, please contact: Anna Nelson, ICRC Geneva, tel: +41 22 730 2063 or +41 79 217 3264 To download a selection of André Liohn's photos from Libya or a broadcast-quality version of the ICRC's Webby-recognized video, go to ICRC's video newsroom To find out what the ICRC is doing to put an end to attacks on health workers and patients, go to: icrc.org/eng/life-death To learn more about the Webby Awards

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