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War Surgeon Dr. Chris Giannou Discusses the Situation in Burundi.

War surgeon Dr. Chris Giannou, who recently worked through the devastating civil war in the East African country of Burundi. In the ensuing ethnic and political conflict between the Hutu and the Tutsi peoples there, at least two hundred thousand people were been killed, oftentimes not with guns, but with machete knives and spears. Giannou has spent over 12 years working in the world's hotspots: Somalia, Lebanon, Cambodia. He was Director of surgical operations in Somalia with the International Committee for the Red Cross, from February 1992 until Jan 1993 where he helped set up field hospitals, and both taught and performed war surgery. Before that Giannou spent over two years in a Palestinian Refugee Camp, which was under constant siege; his memoir is called "Besieged: A Doctor's Story of Life and Death in Beirut." (Published by Olive Branch Press). Giannou is a Canadian citizen.

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Other segments from the episode on February 9, 1994

Fresh Air with Terry Gross, February 9, 1994: Interview with Chris Giannou; Interview with Thomas Lennon; Review of Yo-Yo Ma's album "Made in America."

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