Assignment Asia Episode 45: Emergency

This week’s edition of Assignment Asia features groups and individuals on a mission to save lives.

Without a state-run emergency service in their country, volunteers have taken on the task of responding to accidents and other emergencies in the Thai capital, Bangkok. They patrol the streets of the bustling city every night, rushing anywhere anyone needs rescue. Martin Lowe spent one busy but ultimately tragic night with Bangkok’s volunteer rescuers.

Among the casualties of war in Afghanistan is its healthcare system. But one hospital run by an Italian organization has managed to rise above the strife, providing treatment and care for victims of conflict. Natalie Carney visited Emergency Hospital in Kabul, where lives are being saved and miracles performed.

Decades after the Vietnam War, bombs dropped into the Mekong River continue to pose dangers to the people of Cambodia. The Cambodian government, with the help of a nongovernmental organization, has formed an underwater demining team tasked with ridding the river of unexploded ordance or UXOs. As Michal Bardavid reports from Phnom Penh, the job involves big risks.

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