Realising whyBMJ 2000; 320 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.320.7237.796 (Published 18 March 2000) Cite this as: BMJ 2000;320:796
- Alistair Blair, general practitioner
- Médecins Sans Frontières, Wanni, northern Sri Lanka.
Thud th-thud thud. I was awake—4 30 am Saturday morning—great. The shells were landing closer than normal and the ground was vibrating in sympathy. The intensity rose and fell like a good symphony and finally ceased, the ground exhausted. All was quiet; I finally rolled over to resume my slumber.
“Hurry hurry, you come quick.” I ran—the casualties, delayed by a three hour tractor ride, were slowly …