Reference : V-P-PK-E-01401
Date : 09/2017
Country/Region : PAKISTAN
Caption : Karachi, Jinnah postgraduate medical center. A nurse was working the day there was a conflict between members of rival political groups in the operation theatre of the hospital.
Photographer : RAFIQUI, Asim
Confidentiality level : public
Publication restrictions : publication without restrictions
Copyright : ICRC; Noor for the ICRC
Description : "When you witness an assassination attempt right in the middle of the emergency ward, you do fear for your own life. I remember this incident well, from about two years ago. I was on evening duty right here in the emergency ward, when a young man was brought in. There had been a gunfight between the stalwarts of two political parties, and patients were being rushed in. We had started treating this first patient, when another young man, accompanied by a large crowd of about 20 men, was rushed into the emergency room. Usually we do not allow so many people to accompany a patient, but often through threats and outright violence against our security guards, people will push their way in. It turned out that the two young men were from opposing political groups and victims of the earlier shootout. Someone from the second group quickly noticed that the first patient – a man they had injured in an attempt to kill him – was right there in the same emergency room. It turned out that the men had entered the hospital with weapons, and soon one of them drew his gun and attempted to shoot the first patient. There was panic everywhere when we saw a drawn weapon, and people ran for cover. I am not sure how we prevented the killing, but I know that we were able to get the Rangers (paramilitary police) to intervene swiftly and de-escalate the situation. It is rare for such extreme situations to occur, but when they do, you know it could be your last day at work."
Original material : digital
Resolution : 4912x6144
Orientation : portrait
Colour/B&W : colour