Medical care as the carrot: The Red Cross in Indonesia during the war of decolonization, 1945–1950

L. van Bergen
  • Medicine Conflict & Survival, September 2013, Taylor & Francis
  • DOI: 10.1080/13623699.2013.814438

Medical Care as the Carrot.

What is it about?

The war of decolonization in Indonesia 1945-1949 was charaterized by a Dutch military carrot and stick-strategy. Medical care was the carrot, intended to pacify civiklianas, get them back on Dutch side and, misusing the doctor-patient confidentiality, trying to het information about the Indonesian army. Red Cross aid was more a national than a humanitarian task.

Why is it important?

It is a contribution to the discussion on the relationship between Red Cross-aid and military endeavours, and the discussion on medical neutrality.

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