Jo Chandler; 11/9/09
On his last tour with Medecins Sans Frontieres, the Czech surgeon Filip Krygel found himself operating in Pakistan’s strife-torn Swat Valley. Nadia Perreault, a nurse from Quebec, was working in the war zone in the east of the Democratic Republic of Congo. These are not people easily shocked by the harm humans do to one another. And yet every day, working in Tari Hospital in Papua New Guinea’s Southern Highlands, they are confounded by the endless stream of people bloodied, beaten and butchered with bush knives. Ms Perreault says it is nothing like she has seen before – ”a totally different culture, a totally different world”. ”I was surprised at the amount of violence people could do against each other,” she says.