Brief emails from Roy to the head office during the civil war in Nepal.
March 10, 2006
We’re on a mass casualty alert –the first one in the history of the hospital. Banepa is a war zone. The police station has been destroyed, the municipal building sacked and burnt, and now there’s about 1200 demonstrators battling police. The difference between yesterday and today is that there is about a 500-man army contingent holding the high ground outside the Hospital that I don’t think the demonstrators know anything about. The army moved in last night under the coverage of darkness and the curfew. We look for them to be moving down to join the fray shortly. All three fatalities yesterday were head shots–no rubber bullets here. There is a 7:00 am to 9:00 pm military curfew in effect for Banepa, and the normal 9:00 pm to 4:00 am government curfew for Kavre District in effect. That leaves us the bustling hours of 4:00 am to 7:00 am to take care of our affairs. We have enough food to hold out for about 4 days, fuel for about 6 days. We’re digging in.
April 17, 2006
There are enough war stories around here to write a best-selling book. The problem is that the government would come down on us quicker than Jack Sprat if we were to go on record relating just 10% of what we have seen. No sense alarming you or anyone else with anecdotes. Rest assured that all employees are giving 100% and Scheer is enjoying one of its finest moments. At some future point in time, when people reflect on this era in Nepal’s history, Scheer will be well-respected and appreciated for having been in the vanguard of providers that treated the injured on all sides without regard to any factors other than need. I’m very proud of all of our staff members–from the gardeners to the surgeons, and the Church should be also. Adventist or not, they are exemplifying the best in compassion and care rendered in a difficult practice setting.