Internationally recognized war surgeon Dr. Gino Strada will recount his experiences in war-torn countries and talk about his book,Green Parrots: A War Surgeons Diary,at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 9, in the Mountainlair ballrooms at West Virginia University.
Following the presentation, he will lead a discussion until 7:30 p.m.
InGreen Parrots,(a nickname for a type of land mine that has tiny wings), Strada describes how he and Emergencya nonprofit, humanitarian organization he helped foundhave provided medical assistance to civilian war victims.
From 1989 to 1994, Strada worked with the International Red Cross in war zones around the world. He said years of experience in war surgery convinced him of the need for a small, agile, highly specialized organization capable of intervening on behalf of victims and not hampered by the bureaucratic sluggishness of larger organizations.
With scanty resources, Strada and a group of friends and colleagues formed Emergency in 1994. The organization builds, staffs and operates hospitals and clinics, offering surgical, orthopedic, reconstructive and rehabilitative care.
Working in Iraq, Afghanistan, Cambodia, Sri Lanka, Sudan and other countries, Emergency has helped more than one million people, including many victims of land mine accidents, during its 11-year history. Strada serves as executive director.
Land mines dont know that a war is over,said Teresa Sarti, Stradas wife who directs Emergencys Italian operations.
This will be Stradas first presentation in West Virginia. The event, which is free and open to the public, is sponsored by the WVU College of Engineering and Mineral Resources, School of Medicine, Department of Community Medicine and Mid-Atlantic Research Institute.