Global & Disaster Medicine

Archive for the ‘Conflict’ Category

Syrian enclave: “….Medical organisations said at least four clinics and hospitals, including a maternity centre, were bombed on Monday, some of them multiple times, putting them out of service. An anaesthetist was killed in the attacks. ….”

The Guardian


February 13, 1945: A series of Allied firebombing raids begins against the German city of Dresden, reducing the city to rubble and killing as many as 135,000 people with the bombing and the resulting fires.


Arab media and a monitoring group reported that a Syrian chemical weapons production facility was targeted by Israeli military.


“…..The incident comes a day after UN human rights investigators said they had concluded a Syrian Air Force jet had dropped a bomb containing the nerve agent Sarin on a rebel-held town in April.

At least 83 people were killed in that attack, most of them women and children, according to the investigators……”

Thousands of people have fled their homes following two days of violence in a deepening crisis in the state of Rakhine in Myanmar.


“…..Fighting erupted when Rohingya fighters attacked 30 police stations on Friday and clashes continued on Saturday……”


Myanmar: More than 70 people were killed on Friday in clashes between militants and security forces in Rakhine State.

NY Times

  • “…The dead included at least 12 members of the security forces and at least 59 Rohingya insurgents…”

Burma News

  • “…..The national commission, led by former UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan…. pressed the government to take “urgent and sustained action”, including improving the low socio-economic development in Rakhine State, resolving citizenship status and accelerating the national verification process and ensuring the freedom of movement for all people….”


A slow death in Yemen: War, malnutrition, cholera and no end in sight

NY Times


Post-ISIS: Yazidi women after 3 years of captivity displaying extraordinary signs of psychological injury.

NY Times



Hawaii is the first state to prepare the public for the possibility of a ballistic missile strike from North Korea.


DOD Hawaii

HI-EMA-guidance-analysis-nuclear-detonation-JUN-2017-1:  Document

Hawaii sector

Sirens sound Attack- Warning signal
Emergency Alert System (EAS) advisory
Wireless Emergency Alert (WEA) system advisory
Brilliant white light (flash) is observed

1. If you are indoors, stay indoors well away from windows. 2. If you are outdoors, seek immediate shelter in a building preferably a concrete structure such as a commercial building or parking structure. 3. If you are driving, pull safely to the side of the road and seek shelter in a nearby building or lie flat on the ground. 4. DO NOT look at the flash of light.

• Surviving the immediate effects of a nuclear detonation (blast, shock, thermal radiation, initial nuclear radiation) requires sheltering in resistant structures • You may have only minutes to take protective action – take immediate action without delay • There are no designated blast or fallout shelters in Hawaii • Light generated by the weapon will damage unprotected eyes

1. Remain sheltered until you are told it is safe to leave or two weeks (14 days) have passed, whichever comes first. 2. You may be advised that it is safe to leave your shelter for short periods of time to locate food, water and medical care. 3. Electrical, water and other utilities may be severely disrupted or unavailable.

• Following the detonation, sheltering from radioactive fallout for up to 14 days is critically important • Public may need to briefly leave their shelters to locate essential supplies and equipment • Emergency Management will assess residual radiation levels and advise when sheltering can be discontinued

1. Listen to local AM-FM radio stations for official information. 2. Cell phone, television, radio and internet services will be severely disrupted or unavailable. 3. Small portable walkie-talkies may give you communication with nearby shelters.

• Local AM-FM broadcast radio is most survivable and may be useful in advising the public post-detonation • Other communication technologies may be damaged by weapons effects such as EMP1 • FRS2 and GMRS radios are widely available in the community and may be useful in keeping people in communication with one another.


Mosul: Bombs, bullets, and mental trauma



June 4, 1989: Chinese army troops stormed Tiananmen Square in Beijing to crush the pro-democracy movement; hundreds – possibly thousands – of people died.


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