09 October 2015

#tokfriday: Ethics, Justification, and the #Kunduz bombing


"From 2:08am until 3:15am on Saturday, 3 October, the Medicin Sans Frontieres (MSF or Doctors Without Borders) trauma hospital in Kunduz, Afghanistan, was hit by a series of aerial bombing raids at approximately 15-minute intervals. The main hospital building, which housed the intensive care unit, emergency rooms, and physiotherapy ward, was hit with precision, repeatedly, during each aerial raid, while surrounding buildings were left mostly untouched. The total number of people killed in the attack is 22, including 12 MSF staff members and 10 patients. Thirty-seven people were injured, including 19 members of the MSF team" (MSF, 2015).

The KQ

Other TOK Links

Reason, Emotion, Human Sciences, Natural Sciences

The Short Article

Afghanistan: Enough. Even war has rules.

Further Reading

Factsheet: Kunduz Hospital Attackhttp://www.msf.org/article/factsheet-kunduz-hospital-attack

Doctors Without Borders bombing: can it be prosecuted as a war crime?

BBC - Ethics - War: Rules and conventions

The Geneva Conventions of 1949 and their Additional Protocols


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