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Doctors do not prevent genocide2020-02-17T11:18:48+01:00

Doctors do not prevent genocide

Date: 19.02.2020
Time: 18:30 - 20:00
Location: Friedensakademie Rheinland-Pfalz
Altes Kaufhaus, Foyer, Rathausplatz 9
76829 Landau i.d. Pfalz
Material: 2020-02-19-event-aerzte-verhindern-keinen-voelkermord-friedensakademie-rheinland-pflaz.pdf
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Given the horrific events in Rwanda in 1994 (as well as before and after), the concerns and considerations of a humanitarian organisation are marginal. But the genocide and the questions raised by MSF / Doctors without Borders at that time and afterwards remain incisive and relevant: What can a medical organisation really do? Is its voice heard by the political leaders? What are the often unbearable dilemmas aid workers are faced with? What can humanitarian assistance actually do – and what not? Even though the world has changed a lot since 1994, these questions remain relevant and are an integral part of humanitarian work. They help to reflect on current emergency situations, such as the catastrophic situation that many refugees are in.

Friedensakademie Rheinland-Pfalz invites to the Landau Peace Lectures with Ulrike von Pilar, the founding president of Doctors without Borders and member of the board of Maecenata Foundation:


More information on the event can be found on the website of Friedensakademie Rheinland-Pfalz here.

The event will take place in German.

Ulrike von Pilar has a doctorate in mathematics and had worked as a lecturer in Tübingen, Brussels and Hong Kong before she started working for the UNHCR in Hong Kong in 1988 as school and work coordinator in the camps of Vietnamese boat refugees. In her role as founding president of Doctors without Borders (MSF), she has travelled to Tibet/China, Rwanda, Darfur/Sudan, Afghanistan, Pakistan and later the Central African Republic, Kenya, South Africa, Chad and Jordan. From 2006 to 2008 Ulrike von Pilar was country coordinator of an HIV/AIDS project in Malawi and from 2009 to 2012 a board member of MSF in the UK and East Africa. From 2012 to 2017 she led the advocacy team of MSF. Since 2018 she has been a member of the board of Maecenata Foundation. Ulrike von Pilar was a lecturer in the NOHA Master’s degree course in Humanitarian Aid at the University of Bochum and has written a number of articles and a book on humanitarian issues.

The Landau Peace Lectures are a series of events of Friedensakademie Rheinland-Pfalz. In lectures and presentations, academic experts and practitioners present current and exciting topics of peace and conflict research to the interested public.