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Asunto:[GAP] hola a todos...
Fecha:Lunes, 22 de Julio, 2002  23:16:42 (+0000)
Autor:cuervo cuervo <mundodeluz>

este documento es extraido de la página principal de MSF(Médicos Sin 
Fronteras) y es sobre la bonita situación extrema por la que atravieza 

Está en inglés, espero lo lean...

cuervo cuervo


In Colombia, a complex civil war is destroying communities. MSF's mobile 
teams there provide basic health care to people trapped in the rural 
conflict zone. In 2001 MSF's four medics attended 6,000 patients and MSF 
plans to double the outreach teams in the coming year.

By Steve Hide

Magdalena is crying. Her baby died last month, although we tried to save him 
by taking him to a local hospital. My attempted words of comfort fall short.

The untold story here is of a society in reverse - the abandoned health 
posts, broken-down rural schools, the teachers, health workers and community 
leaders forced to flee, families broken apart by civil war, tormented by the 
disappearances of their loved ones.

"He died the next day. He was so weak,"she laments. "I couldn't afford to 
bury him in the cemetery, so we dug a hole at my sisters house."

Well, it wasn't really Magdalena's baby - he was orphaned after his real 
mother bled to death after giving birth in the rural settlement of Batata, 
in northwest Colombia.

At first no-one in the sleepy village wanted the newborn - bad luck, they 
said. So Magdalena took him in, but she had no money to buy him food and he 
became ill. She had fallen stubbornly in love with the baby and the tears 
are now very real.

In a sense, the short-lived orphan is another victim of Colombia's 38-year 
civil war, though it is unlikely his demise will ever be counted in the 
annual toll of about 3,000 deaths from the civil war.

The untold story here is of a society in reverse - the abandoned health 
posts, broken-down rural schools, the teachers, health workers and community 
leaders forced to flee, families broken apart by civil war, tormented by the 
disappearances of their loved ones. A young mother and a baby dying for lack 
of a village nurse.

We try and visit Batata every two months, in two cars loaded with medics and 
medicines - a three-hour journey through the lush hills of north-west 
Colombia. We set up in the empty health post, attending the campesinos that 
ride in on mule-back from surrounding settlements.

Outside the men talk is of the yam harvest, when the rains will come again, 
the price of donkeys, and in carefully coded words the ever-present armed 
conflict. Women and children press against the iron gates of the health post 

Young soldiers walk by, nervous and draped down with ammunition belts. 
Batata is a hot zone, a pressure point on a barographic map of the conflict. 
The hills to the west hide a corridor for guns and contraband to the 
Caribbean coast. The hills further to the south hide coca fields. Under the 
cloak of the conflict a quiet struggle is taking place between right-wing 
paramilitary and left-wing guerrillas for control of the drug trade and 
illegal logging operations. Batata is in the crossfire.

Many villagers have left. Many houses stand empty. Those that stay have 
their own reasons, often unspoken. Some are just prisoners of poverty - a 
jeep-ride to town and back costs more than a sack of corn. And for 
'campesinos' from even more remote settlements, Batata is actually a safe 
haven. So people displace to Batata, as well as away from it.

Inside the health post our nurse checks an elderly farmer.

"So you have a headache. For how long?"
"Oooh, a long time."
"But when?"
"Since Monday..."
"Only two days then..."
"No, the Monday before. But my knee hurts when I work in the fields."
"So now it's your knee. I thought it was your head."
"Well, sometime my knee, then sometimes my head."
"So what's worse - your head or your knee...?"
"Actually, it's my granddaughter...she has malaria."
A shivering girl is led to the desk.

In dusty consulting rooms the doctors work steadily through their caseloads. 
Malaria, diarrhoea, infected wounds, skin rashes, chest infections and a 
standard pack of tropical ailments. Time is short. For safety reasons we 
must be back at base by nightfall. If we have time we will make some repairs 
to the health post, fixing rainwater channels and cracks in the cement tank 
that supplies water. If we run out of time, the work will have to wait for 
another two months.

Sometimes the tide of conflict briefly recedes, normality resurges, but not 
for long.

In October of last year, local health workers returned to Batata. We were 
there to help them settle in. The success was short-lived. A week later, 
paramilitary gunmen walked into town and killed two local traders. Three 
days later a column of guerrillas marched by, selected and threatened 30 
families to 'leave by tomorrow or die'. The families left, walking day and 
night with all the possessions they could carry along the muddy road to the 
nearest town.

That is Tierralta, a bustling place known as a stronghold of the 
paramilitary gangs. In Colombian towns the displaced - two million by latest 
estimates - quickly become the forgotten.

Back in the rural zone of Batata, families frequently face the dilemma of 
whether to join the tide of displaced, or stay put. Lately things have been 
quiet. On our most recent visit a community leader tells me of hopeful new 
plans to bring back government health workers to the health post.

"By next month it could all be back to normal," he says with a smile and 
shakes his head.

"Yes, back to normal," I agree. But neither of us really thinks so.

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