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Posted on: October 10, 2014

[ARCHIVED] TRIAGE: A Humanitarian Dilemma 7pm Thursday, Oct. 16


Triage is the ultimate humanitarian nightmare. Racing against time with limited resources, relief workers make split-second decisions: who gets treatment; who gets food; who lives; who dies. This impossible dilemma understandably haunts humanitarians like Dr. James Orbinski, who accepted the 1999 Nobel Peace Prize on behalf of Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF or Doctors Without Borders) as their President, and was a field doctor during the Somali famine and the Rwandan genocide, among other catastrophes.

Having seen the best and worst of humanitarian assistance and of humanity itself, Orbinski embarks on his most difficult mission to date—struggling to make sense of it all and to face the part ‘First World’ governments play in the cause. Discussion follows led by retired UWRF Sociology and Women's Studies professor Jean Hector Faley.

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