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In any war, it is normally the bombs that are launched. Not only bombs, however; naturally there are also food rations.
It is a well known fact that bombs and food containers are occasionally of the same colour, yellow for example.
This could almost appear to be something of a sick joke, with attempts always made to clothe the topic in a veil of silence, considering how the problem has been presented in television broadcasts, through which the West has seen - and continues to see - a recent proliferation of war in various parts of the world.
In the 1990s, Jean Baudrillard declared that "the Gulf War never happened".
It was only a television war, an event presented through mass media, a show in other words, the first conflict fought "by screenshots".
It was unreal, as could be any "war that breaks out unannounced".
The images broadcast via satellite, however, would seem to contrast with Western conscience; this is what happened. No images, no apparent war.
Naturally, it wasn't like that at all.
Wars for which we have no images do break out, whether we like it or not, any day and in all parts of the world; but normally we wait to see for ourselves, albeit via a television screen, any event of global proportions.
Those without images remain "events pure and simple", seemingly a very long way from home. But what they have in common are the battlefield victims and their impact on the perceptions of real people.
From what we are told, war victims are always events pure and simple. Emergency is an organization that deals with these "events pure and simple".
The Italian association, created to provide medical and surgical assistance to war victims, builds and manages not only hospitals but also surgical, rehabilitation and primary care units in areas worst affected by conflict.
The necessary construction times, nevertheless, never match the speed with which emergency situations arise.
Emergency has therefore designed a prefabricated emergency unit that can be easily packaged into a container and shipped, together with assembly instructions, so that on reaching its destination it can be opened and be up and running in just a few days.
This is a highly advanced lightweight structure with the intelligent use of technologies developed by industries in other countries.
A semi-cylinder (3.5 metre radius) composed of folded sheet metal polyurethane-sandwiched panels, designed to cover a 7x14 metre area, easily assembled in modules to form an authentic field hospital which, if necessary, can be dismantled and reassembled elsewhere.
The design makes use of a technological concept developed by Paris-based Dubosc & Landowski. Taking this as a starting criteria, Atelier 2 in Milan designed and fine-tuned a prototype using logistics and technical support from Promet Engineering (a member of the Metecno Group which constructs panels and provides the necessary technology for their installation).