SRI LANKA: ‘We have 450 beds and now have 1,700 patients’

This article was originally printed here:  http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2009/apr/25/sri-lanka-war Paul McMaster works as a Médecins Sans Frontières surgeon in Vavuniya hospital. This is an excerpt from his diary: Wednesday 4.45am Woke up and started operating. A 15-year-old boy with severe blast injuries to his abdomen. He was on his own and in shock. Surgery took about two…

The Way Forward:  More Troops Alone Will Not Win Back Afghans’ Confidence (from The Huffington Post)

Posted by:  Erica KABUL, AFGHANISTAN – This week I’ve had a lot of meetings at the Kabul headquarters for the NATO mission here, ISAF. Everyone in Kabul, but especially the military types, are humming about a new “comprehensive strategy” for Afghanistan.  A quick survey of the event coverage and op-ed sections of most US newspapers…