Ensuring Public Health Neutrality

ArticleinNew England Journal of Medicine 368(12) · February 2013with3 Reads
Impact Factor: 55.87 · 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 . . .