Magazine article New Internationalist

[Jung: In the Land of the Mujaheddin]

Magazine article New Internationalist

[Jung: In the Land of the Mujaheddin]

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directed by Fabrizio Lazzaretti and Alberto Vendemmiati

Gino Strada, an Italian surgeon, knows war too well. He set up 'Emergency', the medical aid organization and its field hospitals in Cambodia, Rwanda and Sierra Leone. Jung follows his efforts, with Kate Rowlands, a Welsh nurse, to establish a hospital in Afghanistan.

It's 1999 and, following the murder of a UN worker, all aid agencies have abandoned the country. The Taliban and the Northern Alliance are 'fighting like rabid dogs, without coming to a conclusion'. The need is desperate: surgical facilities for the tens of thousands of civilians wounded by bullets, shells, shrapnel and landmines, are, when they exist, primitive and filthy. Rarely is anaesthetic available. It's the 'usual shit', as Strada says.

Jung is sometimes shocking because it shows what modern weaponry does to the human body -- Strada laconically appraises the sickening remains of a foot as a 'mush'. …

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