Rethinking the power of nursing in areas of conflict | Yuko Shirakawa | TEDxKyoto
Yuko Shirakawa, a nurse with Medicins Sans Frontiers, works surrounded by the blood, tears, and cries of innocent people in areas of conflict around the world. The limited resources and drugs in these situations have led her to reconsider the power of nursing
as neither medicine nor treatment, but something else again. Yuko Shirakawa works in troubled areas around the world as a nurse with Medicins Sans Frontieres. After finally breaking through the English language barrier after many years of diligent study, in 2010 she became a member of Medicins Sans Frontieres, a dream held since early childhood. In the seven years since then, she has been dispatched 17 times to areas of conflict such as Syria, Yemen, South Sudan, and Gaza. In those many places, she has seen that the blood that is spilt is that of innocent citizens, who are not involved in the war. She not only carries out medical duties, but also records and documents what she has witnessed. There was a time when, disappointed that her nursing duties were not directly contributing to the end of war, she considered working as a journalist, but has ultimately chosen to stay with those wounded in areas of conflict.