Ensuring Public Health Neutrality.

and the Department of Emergency Medicine, Brigham and Women's Hospital, Boston (M.J.V.).
New England Journal of Medicine (Impact Factor: 55.87). 02/2013; 368(12). DOI: 10.1056/NEJMp1300197
Source: PubMed


In June 1968, a clearly marked Swedish Red Cross plane flying relief supplies into the breakaway state of Biafra was shot down by Nigerian fighters.1 Before the war was over, many relief planes would be shot down and far more would crash because the Nigerian government's shoot-to-kill order forced them to fly at night. The brazen targeting of Red Cross relief flights on civilian humanitarian missions was hard to imagine. In the minds of some people, however, these attacks were justified by another clear violation of humanitarian neutrality: on at least one occasion, a plane painted with the Red Cross . . .

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