Armed conflict, insecure environments and disasters in the COVID-19 era

Topics: Alberta, International Humanitarian Law
October 21, 2020

Doctors, nurses and other healthcare workers in conflict zones work under challenges most of us can’t imagine; treating frequent injuries from bombs and bullets, dealing with disrupted supply lines, and managing hospitals and clinics that are damaged or even under attack.
Now imagine adding COVID-19 into that mix. Hossam Elsharkawi at an event wearing a suit.

​Red Cross Talks reached out to Hossam Elsharkawi to discuss the additional threat that the global pandemic poses to those who live and work in areas of conflict.  

Red Cross Talks: Before we start talking about COVID-19, what kinds of challenges were medical professionals in conflict zones already facing?

Hossam Elsharkawi: There are all types of insecure environments that challenge many in the world now, including protracted crises, narco-trafficking wars, civil unrest, migrant routes in North Africa, violence in mega-slums and many regions within countries where law and order have broken down, to name a few. 

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