Monday, January 11, 2016

More Hospital Bombings...


There doesn't seem to be much good news recently.  A lot of campaign bile.  Not much good economic news (there was a report we're adding jobs, but Macy's and DuPont will be cutting, so are things really very rosy?)  And there's lots of controversy about migrants/refugees (despite the facts that we, the "West", certainly have had a hand in creating the problems that led them to migrate in the first place AND that some are in conditions, we shouldn't even want our dogs to live in...)

But I just didn't know what to blog about until I saw this report on NPR News site:  A MSF Hospital was hit in Yemen.  Unbelievably, this is the third time in 4 months an MSF facility in Yemen has been bombed.   What is it a PATTERN of behavior shows?

From the article:  "All warring parties, including the Saudi-led coalition, are regularly informed of the GPS coordinates of the medical sites where MSF works," Ayora says. "There is no way that anyone with the capacity to carry out an airstrike or launch a rocket would not have known that the Shiara Hospital was a functioning health facility."    [Ayora is Raquel Ayora, MSF director of operations.]

And we cannot forget the U. S. bombing of the MSF Hopsital in Kunduz, Afghanistan back in October.  The U.S. has called it a mistake, but there's lots of evidence it WAS NOT (see related posts).  It was, according to MSF executive director Jason Cone, "a serious viiolation of the law."

Back to Yemen.  The Guadian has a great overview of the MSF bombings and the situation in YemenFrom the article, Ayora again : “Once more, it is civilians that bear the brunt of this war,” she said.  Sadly, that has been increasingly the case with 20th Century Wars.  I didn't notice a date on that UNICEF article, but I'm sure updates would show the trend is continuing.

The Guardian report says that Yemen peace talks have been postponed but are being scheduled.  We really should keep this situation in our prayers.

And before we leave off thinking of the Middle East, here's something to note:  aid should be coming to some besieged towns in Syria.  I'd read of thie dire position those residents were in; truly heartbreaking stuff.  We must hope and pray the aid does indeed reach them!

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