|Born||April 21, 1948|
|Awarded for||Emergency medical relief in the Middle East and Africa for refugees' “right to be cured.” Contributing to spreading a culture of peace through an anti-war movement|
- 1978 Postgraduate school, specialist in Emergency Surgery, University of Milan (Italy)
- 2004 Honorary degree, Engineering, Basilicata University (Italy)
- 2006 Doctor of Humane Letters, Colorado College of Colorado Springs (US)
- 1978 ~ 1984 Surgeon, Institute of Emergency Surgery, University of Milan (Italy)
- 1981 Visiting Surgeon, Groote Schuur Hospital, Capetown, South Africa.
Visiting Surgeon, Harefield Hospital, Harefield, U.K.
- 1981 ~ 1982 Visiting Surgeon, University of Pittsburgh, PA, USA
- 1983 ~ 1984 Visiting Surgeon, Stanford University, CA, USA
- 1985 ~ 1986 Surgeon, Department of Cardiovascular Surgery, Hospital of Bergamo, Italy
- 1987 ~ 1988 Surgeon, Emergency Department, Rho Hospital, Italy
- 1989 Surgeon, International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) Hospital, Quetta, Pakistan
- 1990 Surgeon, ICRC Dessie Hospital, Dessie, Ethiopia
Surgeon, ICRC Hospital, Khao-I-Dang, Thailand
- 1991 Surgeon, ICRC Hospital, Kabul, Afghanistan
Chief Surgeon, Hospital of Ayacucho, Ayacucho, Peru
- 1992 Surgeon, ICRC Hospital, Kabul, Afghanistan
- 1993 Chief Surgeon, Balbala Hospital, Djibouti
Chief Surgeon, Berbera Hospital, Somalia
- 1994 Surgeon, Koshevo Hospital, Bosnia-Herzegovina
- 1994 ~ 2007 Chief Surgeon, EMERGENCY Hospitals: Kigali, Rwanda / Suleimania and Erbil, North Iraq / Battambang, Cambodia / Anabah and Kabul, Afghanistan / Asmara, Eritrea
- 2007 ~ 2014 Cardiac Surgeon, Salam Centre for Cardiac Surgery (Khartoum, Sudan)
- 1994 ~ 2016 Founder and Executive Director of EMERGENCY NGO
- 2003 Antonio Feltrinelli Prize (Accademia Nazionale dei Lincei Foundation)
- 2015 Right Livelihood Award (Right Livelihood Award Foundation)
- 2016 ESTE Plaquette (European Society for Trauma and Emergency Surgery)
- 1999 Published his autobiography Green Parrots: A War Surgeon's Diary, for which he was awarded the Viareggio Versilia Prize
- 2002 Published the book Buskashi, A Journey Inside War, which was featured in a PBS documentary "Afghanistan 1380"
- 2013 A short documentary film called "Open Heart" was made about Dr. Strada's work with the Salam Centre for Cardiac Surgery in Sudan and was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Short Documentary.
In Africa, where there is little awareness of the availability of health care, his focus is on spreading the perception that health care supports the basic human right to live like human beings and that the state should take the lead. Through his efforts, the governments of 11 African nations (Central African Republic, Chad, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Djibouti, Egypt, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Somalia, Sudan, South Sudan and Uganda) have signed EMERGENCY's "Manifesto for a Human Rights-based Medicine" (a medical declaration of human rights) that recognizes "the right of people to receive medical treatment" and will make efforts to provide health care services free of charge.
In 1997, Gino Strada, who for over decades has seen civilian casualties and human misery caused by land mines in conflict zones, enthusiastically campaigned to ban the production of mines in Italy, achieving that goal in 1998. In addition, he strongly opposed and campaigned against Italy's intervention in the war in Afghanistan in 2001 and in Iraq in 2003. In 2002, EMERGENCY organized a massive campaign with the support of half a million people protesting against the war.
Awarding of Medal and Plaque to Dr. Gino Strada
Founder Dr. Hak Ja Han Moon awards Italian surgeon Dr. Gino Strada with the medal.
ⓒ 2017. Sunhak Peace Prize
Committee Chairman Dr. Il Sik Hong awards Italian surgeon Dr. Gino strada with the plaque.
ⓒ 2017. Sunhak Peace Prize
A commemorative photo shoot following the awarding of the medal and plaque (from left to right : Founder Dr. Hak Ja Han Moon, laureate Italian surgeon Dr. Gino strada, Committee Chairman Dr. Il Sik Hong)
ⓒ 2017. Sunhak Peace Prize
Video of the awarding
Italian surgeon Dr. Gino Strada giving his Acceptance Speech during the 2017 Sunhak Peace Prize Award Ceremony.
ⓒ 2017. Sunhak Peace Prize
Video of Acceptance Speech
Now more than ever, there is a compelling need for building a better world for future generations and sustainable peace. I have personally seen the atrocities of war and its devastating impact. I have spent the last thirty years of my life in war-torn countries, operating on patients in Rwanda, Peru, Ethiopia, Somalia, Cambodia, Iraq, Afghanistan and Sudan. In these and other countries, EMERGENCY – the humanitarian organization I founded 23 years ago - is committed to providing free and high-quality medical and surgical care to the victims of war, whose effects are not limited to the wounded and refugees, but have severe repercussions on the future of entire generations.
Many of the conflicts that are currently ravaging countries reducing populations to misery and hunger are often undeclared or deliberately silenced. The massacres are increasing, to the point that it is hard to remember them all. For most of us, they seem so far and alien from our daily life. It is so easy to listen to the news without realizing that after every bomb, after every shell there are people struggling to survive. Ninety percent of the victims of the wars of our time are civilians, people equal to us, with the same needs, the same hopes and the same desire for their beloved ones: living safely, staying together, and being protected.
According to recent estimates, “eight individuals own as much as the poorest 3.6 billion people. Meanwhile, every day 1 in 9 people go to bed hungry.” Are we still surprised that people increasingly embark on perilous journeys and strive to find a better future? Last year over 60 million people were forced to leave their homes, looking for protection and safety. They had the dream of living in peace, but we are deaf to their hopes. “What did I do wrong?” a Somali guy landing in Sicily asked me. I could not give him an answer.
Even though migrants arriving in Europe represent a small portion of the migrant population scattered across the globe, the so-called “migration crisis” has shed light on the hypocrisy of the European approach to human rights. On the one hand, we firmly promote the principles of peace, democracy and fundamental rights, while, on the other, we are building a fortress made of walls and cultural barriers, denying access and basic help to thousands of people fleeing war and poverty.
The case of Afghanistan serves an emblematic example. In the last 15 years, Afghanistan has been devastated by a new war. Every year in our hospitals around the country we register a new record of war wounded, one third of them are children. Afghanistan has been the source country of the second-highest number of refugees worldwide (only recently surpassed by Syria), with almost 3 million Afghans living mainly in Pakistan and Iran. This tragedy has been ignored for many years by the Western countries and has become a priority only when Afghan refugees have turned to Europe as their final destination. In response to this increasing flow, rather than investing in welcoming and integration programs and addressing the root causes of the conflict, European leaders have signed an agreement with the Afghan government to legally deport asylum seekers back to Afghanistan in exchange for financial aid.
The broken lives of all of them urge us to reflect, ask us to take action to get out of the spiral of war and violence. If we wish to work for the survival of humankind, the abolition of war is necessary and inevitable. It falls within the mandate of the UN, founded over 70 years ago, but still today very little has been done to fulfill their core mandate.
EMERGENCY has come to believe that the abolition of war is the only realistic and humane solution to end human suffering and promote universal human rights. With this objective in mind, EMERGENCY is working to launch an international campaign involving world-renowned personalities as well as ordinary citizens. It might sound utopian, but in fact it is a realistic and achievable objective. It is up to the world citizens to take action and conquer peace. Renouncing the logic of war and practicing fraternity and solidarity is not only desirable but urgently needed if we want the human experiment to continue. Today I am very happy to have the chance to warmly invite all of you to join us in this effort.
“I am honoured to receive the Sunhak Peace Prize. It encourages EMERGENCY and me to multiple efforts to pursue our mission of promoting peace and human rights worldwide.
In 1994, I founded EMERGENCY with the aim of guaranteeing high standard, free-of-charge care to the victims of war and poverty.
For 22 years, EMERGENCY has been treating over 8 million people in 17 countries, in the firm belief that the right to be cured is a fundamental human right.
We work tirelessly in Afghanistan, where the number of war-wounded keeps increasing after 15 years of war.
In Iraq, we contribute to the reception of tens of thousands of refugees and internally displaced people. We provide medical care to entire families that have lost everything fleeing the war.
In Italy, we treat hundreds of migrants that every week risk their lives in the Mediterranean Sea, looking for a better future away from home.
Confronted daily with the suffering of war-victims, we have come to realize that war is the worst disease affecting humanity.
In 1932, at a press conference gathering journalists from all over the world in Geneva, Albert Einstein stated “War cannot be humanized. It can only be abolished.” Some years later, in their 1955 Manifesto, Einstein and Bertrand Russell wrote: “Here, then, is the problem which we present to you, stark and dreadful and inescapable: Shall we put an end to the human race; or shall mankind renounce war?”
There is no alternative, especially today, when technologies with a mass destruction capacity million times higher than the bomb of Hiroshima are available. Humanity must renounce war.
It may seem utopian, but, before the XIX century, even the abolition of slavery seemed utopian.
As long as war remains a possible option to deal with severe crises, it is likely that someone will eventually resort to it. The abolition of war is the only guarantee for the future of humanity and our planet.
Dr. Gino Strada
|Written and edited by the Sunhak Peace Prize Foundation|
|Format||Shin Kook Pan, 338 pp|
|Issue||January 25, 2018|
Political and Social
ISBN : 979-11-88794-04-1(03300)
- -English ver
- -Korean ver
- Chapter 1. Battlefield Surgeon
- - The Holocaust isn’t over
- - Determined to become a surgeon at the battlefield
- - Scourge of the Green Parrots
- - The reality of refugee camps
- - What defines a war surgeon?
- - Triage
- Chapter 2. EMERGENCY on the Most Tragic Frontline
- - Founding EMERGENCY
- - The three principles of EMERGENCY
- - On the frontline of the world’s tragedies
- - The best center for cardiac surgery in Africa
- - Building special medical facilities across Africa
- - EMERGENCY to save children’s lives
- - Beyond surgery: the path to rehabilitation and self-reliance
- - Restoring people’s lives
- - The ultimate goal: the day when the world does not need EMERGENCY
- Chapter 3. Changing Perspectives Is the Beginning of Peace
- - Treatment without discrimination
- - Medicine is not a business
- - Opposing the production of anti-personnel mines
- - Wishing for a world without war
- - Humanitarian of the 21st century
- Chapter 4. The Sunhak Peace Prize for Future Generations
- - The Sunhak Peace Prize award ceremony
- - Major achievements
- - Acceptance speech
- - World Summit speech
who spearheads emergency relief activities in conflict areas around the world
The Sunhak Peace Prize Committee awards those who have peacefully led humanity towards a common destiny, and selected Italian surgeon Dr. Gino Strada and Afghan educator Dr. Sakena Yacoobi as co-recipients of the 2017 Sunhak Peace Prize Award, for their work to solve the refugee crisis.
Dr. Gino Strada sees the right to be cured as a basic and inalienable human right, and is raising the bar, striving to provide high-quality medical treatment free-of-charge to people in need. He has been highly regarded for his campaigns to abolish war, and has been awarded the 2017 Sunhak Peace Prize.
No more war, no more death, no more victims."
who revived a spark of life on the most horrific battlefields.
Dr. Gino Strada grew up in the safe suburbs of Italy, but ended up working for the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) on the forefront of a battlefield, where he witnessed the urgent need for medical treatment for the victims of war, which compelled him to stay.
He and his wife established the emergency medical organization called EMERGENCY and have been providing medical relief at the forefront of conflicts in Africa and the Middle East. To date, EMERGENCY has been operating more than 60 hospitals, surgical centers, rehabilitation centers, first aid centers and cardiac surgery centers in 17 of the most dangerous and vulnerable countries in the world. In 2007, Dr. Strada established the Salam Centre for Cardiac Surgery, which has been providing free, high-quality cardiac surgery to countless individuals. He is also taking the lead to ensure that the 'right to be cured' becomes a basic human right for all. In particular, he is largely credited for spreading the notion that the right to healthcare should be guaranteed by the state for all its citizens.
Dr. Gino Strada, is well aware that the nature of war has changed so that it directly affects even women and children, and has witnessed the devastation of landmines in conflict zones for many years. In response to decades of suffering caused by those landmines, he began a campaign to protest war and the production of anti-personnel landmines.
Dr. Gino Strada, the hero of war victims and refugees, has been fighting for the 'right to be cured' for nearly 30 years in the cold operating room, where life and death intersect, hoping that one day war may vanish, like a passing breeze; and with it, refugees and war victims.