IMPARTIALITY UNDER ATTACK

Publication date:
12/2016
Author:
Marine Buissonnière, Senior Coordinator, Médecins Sans Frontières
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Bombings only represent a splinter of violence against health care, and it remains difficult to speak about trends for lack of reliable historical data (Abu Sa‘Da et al, 2013). Yet without needing to introduce a hierarchy of crimes or victims, hospitals attacks have been happening at an alarming rate and are horrific in their own right. And while each attack needs to be understood in its own specificities, it would be myopic not to ask what the overall picture reveals about the provision of care in conflicts.