Full room to discuss the humanitarian context of one of the greatest conflicts of the XXI Century


Yesterday, April 20th, in Auditorium 3 of the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, the Estoril Conferences organized a meeting to discuss what is already considered one of the greatest conflicts in the XXI Century: the civil war in Syria.

However, the specific theme to be discussed would be the humanitarian context of said war since it is often forgotten in the public debate.

After a general presentation of the theme by the Chair of the Estoril Conferences, Teresa Violante, Felipe Pathé Duarte a specialist on foreign affairs, offered the audience the political and historical context about the Syrian conflict.

Next, Montse Pubill and Maria Luz Méndez (Malu), both from Doctors Without Borders, spoke about the humanitarian side of the war, sharing their stories and thoughts about the conflict with two particularly touching moments:

To the question “would you accept to treat an ISIS fighter” Malu answered yes “because it does not matter in which side of the conflict they are: they are still human beings in need” e when asked about the secret to face the most difficult days, Montse answered that “each one has its own process but I think we both agree that only in a team could we face those most difficult days”.

The Q&A happened after a conversation between all four, moderated by Antena 1 journalist José Manuel Rosendo.

Helping filling the room were also some dignitaries, namely the Ambassador of Turkey to Portugal, the Apostolic Nuncio and diplomatic representatives of the Russian Embassy, the United Arab Emirates, the European Commission, the International Organization for Migration and the Imamat Ismaili in Portugal.

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