Triage: Dr. James Orbinski's Humanitarian Dilemma
The act of 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) as their
President, and was a field doctor during the Somali famine, 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 - writing a deeply personal and controversial book that struggles to make sense of it all.
Leaving his young family behind in Toronto, Canada - where he's a university professor and doctor - Orbinski returns to Africa, revisiting the past and engaging with the present. He hopes that here, in the place where he witnessed humanity literally torn apart, he can rediscover the true heart of humanitarianism.
2007, 52 min 08 s
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