Dr Mads 2008 (left) and child with horrific head injuries 2014 (right)
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 Palestinians, all ages, all civilians, all innocent.
The blood of babies all around
The heroes in the ambulances and all of Gaza’s hospitals are working 12-24 hour shifts, grey from fatigue and inhuman workloads (without payment 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.
Now once more treated like animals by “the most moral army in the world” (sic!)
Paramedic (left) discovers those he is called to treat are dead and injured family members and elderly lady injured and distressed (right)
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 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.
A massacre of innocents
Ash 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 blood soaked dripping bandages to clear out – oh – the cleaners everywhere, swiftly shovelling the blood and discarded tissues, hair, clothes, canulas – the leftovers from death – all taken away… to be prepared again, to be repeated all over.
Distraught father with his dead child (left) and the pain and suffering of a injured boy (right)
More than 100 cases came to Shifa last 24 hours, enough for a large well-trained hospital with everything, but here – almost nothing: electricity, water, disposables, drugs, OR tables, instruments, monitors – all rusted and as if taken from museums of yesterdays hospitals. But they do not complain -these heroes. They get on with it, like warriors, head on, enormous 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.
The fear of a little one (left) and unbearable grief (right)
From the press to a tiny baby… no one is spared
And 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 and paid in and by 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.
Final good-bye to a husband (left) and latest casualty right)
Victims burnt and decapitated
Please. Do what you can. This THIS cannot continue.
Gaza, Occupied Palestine.
Mads Gilbert, MD PhD
Professor and Clinical Head
Clinic of Emergency Medicine
University Hospital of North Norway
N-9038 Tromso, Norway
Carol Anne Grayson is an independent writer/researcher on global health/human rights and is Executive Producer of the Oscar nominated, Incident in New Baghdad . She is a Registered Mental Nurse with a Masters in Gender Culture and Development. Carol was awarded the ESRC, Michael Young Prize for Research 2009, and the COTT ‘Action = Life’ Human Rights Award’ for “upholding truth and justice”. She is also a survivor of US “collateral damage”.