Heart surgeon Gino Strada speaks with AFP at the Salam Centre for Cardiac Surgery, which bills itself as Africa's only high-standard specialist facility offering free open-heart operations, on the outskirts of Khartoum, Sudan, on February 20, 2013. The hospital is featured in Kief Davidson and Cori Shepherd Stern's 'Open Heart', which is nominated in the 2013 Oscars' Documentary Short category. It tells the story of eight Rwandan children and teens, one only three years old, who leave home to get life-saving heart operations at Salam Centre, which is run by the Italian non-governmental organisation Emergency. AFP PHOTO / ASHRAF SHAZLY
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Italian singer Bobo Rondelli, Gino Strada founder of Emergency, editor Nico Colonna and singer Paola Turci perform during the Emergency National Meeting on June 29, 2013 in Livorno, Italy. Italian independent non-profit organisation 'Emergency', which also has a branch in North America, transports doctors and medical equipment to regions suffering from poverty and conflict to provide free treatment to those who need it. Volunteers, supporters and politicians met today to discuss the charity's work with the theme of 'Rights and Privileges'.
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Gino Strada Head of EMERGENCY humanitarian association visits Wagon Lits workers on December 26, 2011 in Milan, Italy. Workers occupied the tower on December 9 to protest against Ferrovie dello Stato's decision to suppress night trains that resulted in the loss of their jobs.
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Founder of italian NGO 'Emergency' Gino Strada attends the National Protest to safeguard Italy's Constitution on March 12, 2011 in Venice, Italy. Protests are being made across 100 Italian cities in support Italy's Constitution and Public Schooling