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Monday, July 21, 2014

A Prayer For The Dying

A Prayer For The Dying

Please read and share this powerful letter by Mads Gilbert,
a Norwegian medical doctor who is in Gaza right now:

By Mads Gilbert MD
July 21, 2014

Dearest friends,

The last night was extreme. The "ground invasion" of Gaza
resulted in scores and carloads with maimed, torn apart,
bleeding, shivering, dying - all sorts of injured Palestinians,
all ages, all civilians, all innocent.

The heroes in the ambulances and in all of Gaza's hospitals are
working 12-24 hour shifts, grey from fatigue and inhuman workloads
(without payment all in Shifa for the last 4 months), they care,
triage, try to understand the incomprehensible chaos of bodies,
sizes, limbs, walking, not walking, breathing, not breathing,
bleeding, not bleeding humans.

HUMANS!

Now, once more treated like animals by "the most moral army
in the world" (sic!).

My respect for the wounded is endless, in their contained
determination in the midst of pain, agony and shock; my admiration
for the staff and volunteers is endless, my closeness to the
Palestinian "sumud" gives me strength, although in glimpses I just
want to scream, hold someone tight, cry, smell the skin and hair of
the warm child, covered in blood, protect ourselves in an endless
embrace - but we cannot afford that, nor can they.

Ashy grey faces - Oh NO!

Not one more load of tens of maimed and bleeding, we still have
lakes of blood on the floor in the ER, piles of dripping, blood-soaked
bandages to clear out - oh - the cleaners, everywhere, swiftly
shovelling the blood and discarded tissues, hair, clothes, cannulas
the leftovers from death - all taken away ... to be prepared again,
to be repeated all over.

More then 100 cases came to Shifa in the last 24 hrs.

Enough for a large well trained hospital with everything, but
here - almost nothing: no electricity, water, disposables, drugs,
OR-tables, instruments, monitors - all rusted and as if taken from
museums of yesterday's hospitals.

But they do not complain, these heroes. They get on with it,
like warriors, head on, enormously resolute.

And as I write these words to you, alone, on a bed, my tears flow,
the warm but useless tears of pain and grief, of anger and fear.

This is not happening!

An then, just now, the orchestra of the Israeli war-machine starts
its gruesome symphony again, just now: salvos of artillery from the
navy boats just down on the shores, the roaring F16, the sickening
drones (Arabic 'Zennanis', the hummers), and the cluttering
Apaches.

So much made in and paid by the US.

Mr. Obama - do you have a heart?

I invite you - spend one night - just one night - with us in Shifa. Disguised as a cleaner, maybe.

I am convinced, 100%, it would change history.

Nobody with a heart AND power could ever walk away from a
night in Shifa without being determined to end the slaughter of
the Palestinian people.

But the heartless and merciless have done their calculations
and planned another "dahyia" onslaught on Gaza.

The rivers of blood will keep running the coming night.

I can hear they have tuned their instruments of death.

Please. Do what you can. This, THIS cannot continue.

Mads Gilbert MD PhD
Professor and Clinical Head
Clinic of Emergency Medicine
University Hospital of North Norway

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