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Rapid response to:


Ukraine war: The humanitarian crisis in Kharkiv

BMJ 2022; 376 doi: (Published 25 March 2022) Cite this as: BMJ 2022;376:o796

Rapid Response:

Mr Jones - on our TVs

Dear Editor,

In these days of daily reports of shelling of installations, mining of grain fields and bombing of hospitals and schools and civilian buildings we are sadly reminded of the movie "Mr Jones." 1 It's all there - the starvation, deaths, Russian oppression and disinformation. "Bitter Harvest" is another film adaptation of The Holodomor. It seems that enforced famine is happening on our TV screens and all the human rights conventions are being torn up in front of our very eyes. This is a crime against humanity and the UN seems powerless to stop the carnage, reminiscent of the Rwandan genocide massacre where intervention was too little too late. If left unabated this war of attrition will decimate the women and children of Ukraine as it already done to the menfolk in the front line.

Health professionals are too well aware of the results of this war and should be in the forefront of forcing governments and the UN to do more to stop it. A Google search of the Holodomor is turning out to be a self fulfilling prophesy which we cannot turn a blind eye to.
1. “The price of truth”: The story behind Agnieszka Holland’s “Mr. Jones” By Serhii Plokhii. The Ukrainian Weekly Aug 7; 2020.

Competing interests: No competing interests

23 November 2022
Eugene Breen
Psychiatrist, Associate Clinical Professor
62/63 Eccles St Dublin 7