Mexico: Paramedics on the Frontlines [Al Jazeera]

In Americas (South & Central), World News on April 8, 2010 at 1:51 pm

what happens when paramedics have to risk their own lives to save others? what does safe even mean then?


Ambulance workers in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico’s most violent city, are under constant threat as drug gangs battle each other for territory.

The situation has grown so dangerous that paramedics have been ordered to wait for police to arrive at a crime scene before attending a call.

Gunmen have even been known to follow wounded patients from ambulances to emergency rooms to finish them off.

Al Jazeera’s Mariana Sanchez has the story from Ciudad Juarez, in the first of a series of special reports on the drugs war.

Click here to read my post of BBC’s article on the effect that drug warfare is taking on Juarez.

Click here to watch more of Al Jazeera‘s coverage in Juarez.


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