Health is an investment for the future – Interview with Aboubacar Kampo (Awake at Night)

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    “And then they shipped me over to Buchanan, which was completely rebel controlled areas. No government, no army over there. And we were, we were actually guarded by child soldiers.”

    Awake at Night Season 3-Episode 24: Good People Have Always a Smile on Their Face.

    In this episode of Awake at night, we meet Aboubacar Kampo, UNICEF’s Director of Health Programmes. But Aboubacar, whom everybody calls Abou, has also worked as a physician and surgeon in some of the world’s most complex emergency zones: Liberia, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Afghanistan… In one instance, at a time when he was working in the ER wards of Chad, the government was forced to share beds between the rebel forces.

    “Initially, we thought we could separate them between the different rooms. But then we also had females in one of the rooms… we can’t kick them out just because of them. So they had to share beds, then you realise, you know, most of them, they actually know each other! You can see them talking among themselves […] As long as they are treated in hospital, you see them communicating. And as soon as they get out of the hospital, they are pointing a gun at each other.”

    Screen-shot photo credit: ©UNICEF/Miléquêm Diarassouba

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