medical humanitarian aid

So someone just responded to me and probably @alethiaii as well, and then made it so I couldn’t respond back, so I’m going to reply to their post here.

oh. im sorry. my bad. tony was just the head of a company involved in war profiteering. wow. thats so much better. he just owned this company and made his money on the deaths of people of colour in war-torn countries. what an iNNoCenT BaBY

Okay, did you even read what I wrote? Tony’s company did not War Profiteer and I’m fairly sure you don’t know what that word means. For more imformation on what War Profiteering actually looks like (note: it does not look like offering to sell body armor for less than the cost to make it) read This post or google the Brooklyn brothers during the civil war.

Also the company did not make money off of the weapons Obidiah sold, or it would have been very obvious and the government would have caught him years ago. Obidiah made money off of those weapons and the people he personally bank rolled.

And yeah his company made money off of the deaths of anybody in countries the US was fighting in, and you could argue that that is his fault, but the fact is if the US is going to war people are dying, they’d take Hammer Weapons if Stark weapons weren’t available and American soldiers would have died, which Tony was raised to believe was unacceptable. 

also one line “ultron, my fault”? that is not accountability. if a mass murderer says “oh i killed those people”, but doesnt get punished, that is not accountability l m a o

Except Tony didn’t kill those people, Ultron did, and yeah he blames himself, but it was also Bruce and Wanda’s fault, and most importantly it’s the mind gem’s fault. “We were nowhere close to an interface” Yeah Ultron was horrible, but if he had been made the way Tony intended, if he hadn’t been spooked by Wanda, there wouldn’t have been an evil Ultron, and if Wanda and Pietro hadn’t helped him he may have never gotten far enough to actually life part of Sokovias capitol. 

like tony should be in jail and that’s facts

one black woman told him her son died in sokovia and he tried to guilt trip the avengers into signing the accords (when all they were doing was fucking damage control and cleaning up tonys mess) because ~we all fuck up sometimes~

You literally spent the first half of this talking about how Tony is never held accountable for his actions, and then spew this bullshit. The point of the Accords is to hold the Avengers. and Tony accountable for their actions. Tony supported them because he felt responsible for deaths during Ultron. 

You want accountability that’s what the Accords offer for all of the Avengers. Also the reason the Avengers needed to sign the Accords are the events of Lagos, they’ve been entering countries without government permission and causing massive amounts of property damage and death. There needs to be a system of accountability.

Oh wait that’s the accords.

YOU FUCK UP AND YOU NEVER ARE HELD ACCOUNTABLE

LIKE OKAY PEOPLE SCREW UP BUT MOST PEOPLE DONT LEAD TO KILLER MACHINE AIS WIPING OUT ENTIRE COUNTRIES

like if you cared you would go to jail and repent

you would come out the other side and dedicate your life to righting wrongs e.g. volunteering in sokovia, starting scholarships in the name of the children who died, rehabilitating PTSD victims who were affected by your weapons

Tony literally does all of those things, he grants scholarships to kids at MIT so they can make the world a better place, he spends billions helping to clean up the city, and while he isn’t personally there cleaning up, he is working to prevent another tragedy from occuring, (see the infinity wars sneak peek thing)

and like he was a grown man “he didn’t know stark industries produced weapons” isn’t a good enough excuse lmao

like we get you’re an ignorant privileged white man but like all those poor people of colour still died under your watch

so i’m sure saying “i didn’t know” is great consolation to them lol

I never said he didn’t know SI produced weapons, I said he thought those weapons were only being sold to the US military. And when he found out they were in the hands of people harming innocents he immediately dedicated himself to stopping them. Yes people died, and the man who was responsible for a lot of that, Tony killed him. Someone broke his trust, and stole from him for years, and you blame Tony. It’s clearly Obidiahs fault. If I designed a gun, and someone stole the design, built the gun, and shot someone with it, then they are a murderer, and I am a person who was stolen from. Not a murderer.  

also like shutting down weapons manufacturing was a good first step but like…it doesn’t help the lives already ruined?? it stops the carnage sure but like…how did that help the past victims of war?

What can Tony do for those who have already died? Nothing. What does he do for those still living in war torn countries? Well after shutting down Weapons he works in the civilian Market, phones etc, and he also focuses the company on humanitarian aid, medical equipment, water purifiers, etc, etc, etc. 

So maybe that’s what he’s doing to help the victims of his past. 

OK so. I’ve been considering saying something about this for a while but after a conversation with a friend I figured I’d make a post to acknowledge the issue, as it’s an important one that should be acknowledged.

You’ve probably noted I’ve been reblogging a lot of gifs from the Wonder Woman movie. I’ve been thoroughly tagging them #ww movie and #wonder woman movie not just out of my desire to categorize everything, but because I know there are people who have some very serious and legitimate issues with Gal Gadot due to her support of the IDF and seeing her can even make them feel bad.

I know tags don’t work on mobile, but that’s the best I can do. I hope it’s enough and anyone uncomfortable is also welcome to unfollow me, of course. Don’t feel bad about it, put your self care first.

As for my personal feelings (which don’t really matter, but I guess this is my explanation for why you won’t see me weighing in on the issue), I don’t feel comfortable saying what someone from Israel or Palestine should believe or say about anything to do with their own countries. I don’t feel that’s my place as a white, non-Jewish American, considering the history of white imperialism and other issues. That may seem like a cop-out to say, but it is how genuinely how I feel. Gadot’s support of the IDF is difficult for me to unpack- I don’t feel like I know her well enough or the issues well enough to truly form a judgement, especially since there’s a lot of conflicting information out there.

I mostly try to approach these issues regarding foreign countries from the perspective of what I think my country should do about it. That’s the only thing I have any real say in, that’s where my opinion actually matters and has weight. This is where it’s actually my duty to take a stand on. For the record, I do believe the US should recognize Palestine, slowly withdraw military support from Israel, and send humanitarian/medical aid. I’m against the US funding wars/violence in general and with this particular conflict, I definitely think we’ve only made it worse and done a lot of atrocious things to the Palestinian people in the process. I vote and act based on those beliefs. 

 But other than that, I don’t feel comfortable dictating what citizens of countries I’m far removed from should be doing or saying. White people like me getting involved with this shit always makes things worse.

Some of my statements seem to be pleading ignorance, and I understand if that’s frustrating. It’s hard get informed on these issues when they’re so depressing to read about and my mental state is so fragile. Nor am I sure it’s even possible for someone like me to be fully informed without actually being there, or if I’d have a right to speak even if I WAS fully informed…it’s complicated. Someday I hope I’ll be smart and mature enough to do better. 

So yeah, in conclusion, I will be reblogging stuff to do with the movie and the character. I will be expressing my hopes this means more good stuff for a character I love and more opportunities in Hollywood for various kinds of people. Because I honestly don’t feel I have a right to judge the actress and condemn the movie based on the issues mentioned. 

 However, I’m also not going to defend Gadot or what she has said. That’s not my place. I’m also making an effort to avoid reblogging posts focusing on praising her as a person since I know that can be hurtful to some people following me. I’m also avoiding reblogging posts that uncritically say the WW movie is a victory for feminism all around/all women for the same reason- I’m aware that there are some Palestinian women who would very much disagree and find such an assertion painful. 

Aaaaand that’s it. Sorry for being so rambly, hope I didn’t say anything too horrible. We will now resume our regularly scheduled nerdy blogging.

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Here the medical team from the Médecins Sans Frontières hospital in Paoua, Central African Republic pose for a picture outside their medical facility. 

Between March to October 2014 MSF’s operating team at Paoua hospital has performed 1,976 surgical procedures and continues to work tirelessly to provide care to people in the region.

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October 2014, Kailahun, Sierra Leone: Health promoter Mari Nythun Sorlien hugs Ebola survivor Beindu Fatorma as she is reunited with her husband and community. In places where no body contact is the rule, a simple hug takes on special significance as a symbolic gesture showing that an Ebola survivor is no longer infectious. The response to the Ebola outbreak in West Africa began one year ago. Since then, more than 1,300 MSF international staff and 4,000 local staff have cared for nearly 5,000 confirmed Ebola patients. This week we are posting photo stories that encapsulate critical moments of the last 12 months.

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MSF medical staff tend to a young patient in Karachi, Pakistan. The MSF clinic in Karachi provides basic health care and emergency services, including maternal healthcare, to people living in Machar Colony, a densely populated area that suffers from a lack of sanitation, high pollution, and few affordable health services.

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A child receives treatment from an MSF doctor in Juba, South Sudan, where tens of thousands of people have taken refuge from fighting in the area. Even before the recent fighting broke out, 80% of all health care and basic services in South Sudan was provided by NGOs and many people had limited access to care. Now, due to the dangerous security conditions for residents and aid groups alike, access to care is even more limited, with potentially grave consequences. Read more:http://bit.ly/1f8ZPga 

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MSF staff and local Nepalese distribute medical materials in Gorkha District. The second earthquake in Nepal on May 12 has made recovery efforts problematic. “This complicates an already precarious situation,” says MSF Country Director Dan Sermand. “There is going to be more trouble accessing the affected areas. MSF is strengthening its emergency operations and re-assessing the needs of those affected by the current earthquake in order to respond accordingly and immediately.”  

For more information on MSF in Nepal click here: http://www.doctorswithoutborders.org/country-region/nepal

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“Back in Syria, I was shot at and hit five times. I was treated by an MSF team in Jordan. I’m on my own here. I’m heading to Germany to be with my uncle. I got hit by a bullet in the arm and another in the chest. It’s very cold here and we don’t have warm clothes.” - These are the words of Saleh, a young Syrian refugee currently held in the detention center in Samos, Greece

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Vaccinating Against Cholera in Guinea

More than 170,000 people in the Boffa region of Guinea recently became the first in Africa to receive a new two-dose oral vaccine for cholera, said MSF, which led the vaccination campaign.

The initiative, MSF said, could spur an improved response to cholera epidemics worldwide. In collaboration with the Guinean Ministry of Health, MSF focused its response on Boffa, a coastal region near Conakry, which was considered a hotspot of the epidemic.

“We were faced with an outbreak and we wanted first to protect people by vaccinating them, and to limit the spread of cholera,” said Dr. Dominique Legros, MSF’s innovation initiative manager in Geneva. “MSF is regularly involved in responding to cholera outbreaks and it is always difficult to control the disease. Because cholera evolves quickly, oral vaccination provides us with a new tool to try to contain [it]. If we can control the most active spots, we can reduce the spread of cholera.

Photo: An MSF patient takes a dose of the new oral cholera vaccine in Guinea. Guinea 2012 © David Di Lorenzo

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“These medical supplies are urgently needed and will allow us to better respond to the needs in different parts of Yemen,” said Marie-Elisabeth Ingres, MSF head of mission in Yemen. “But the supply routes must stay open to allow more aid into the country, and easy access has to be facilitated to bring in more medical supplies and personnel via air and sea.”