If the President of Nobel Peace Prize-winning Doctors Without Borders had not warned the world of “imminent
threat to global health” posed by
the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), would these 22 doctors and patients have lost their lives early
|Doctor Without Borders Hospital in flames|
As reported in the National Journal in May:
“It’s not usual business for us, and the reason is because we’re very worried,”explained Judit Rius Sanjuan, who oversees Doctors Without Borders drug access campaign, in a phone interview. “We are doing anything we can to make sure the public is aware.”
Though the Nobel Prize-winning group has actively but reservedly opposed the massive TPP deal for years, recent letters to President Obama and a campaign of subway ads on the D.C. Metro show a more urgent, public push. Sanjuan admitted such a robust effort “is not usual practice for us.”
“I don’t know exactly how long, but it was maybe half an hour afterwards that they stopped bombing. I went out with the project coordinator to see what had happened. What we saw was the hospital destroyed, burning,” described nurse Lajos Zoltan Jecs of the U.S. bombing of the hospital in Kunduz, Afghanistan.
Why did they have to blow up the whole hospital?” pleaded Nasratullah, whose 25-year-old cousin Akbar was among doctors killed in the bombing. “We know that the Americans are very clever. If they can target a single person in a car from their planes, why did they have to blow up the whole building?”
The explanation according to rumors is that Taliban forces had entered the location and were using the cover of the hospital to fire on coalition forces.
Christopher Stokes, Doctors Without Borders General Director, angrily stated, “Not a single member of our staff reported fighting inside the hospital compound prior to the U.S. airstrike Saturday morning. The hospital was full of staff, patients, and their caretakers. It is 12 staff members and ten patients, including three children, who were killed in the attack.”