A doctor who stayed

Hospital in Idlib destroyed in 2016 / Médecins Sans Frontières 

Healthcare workers, clinics and hospitals have been consistently targeted by the Assad government during Syria’s bitter civil war. Many doctors have fled. In this video the New York Times interviews one doctor, Mohammed al-Bardan, who has decided to stay to care for his people.

According to the World Health Organisation, “8 years into the conflict in the Syrian Arab Republic, attacks on health care facilities and personnel in the country continue to rise despite United Nations resolutions strongly condemning these attacks. In the first 6 months of 2018, there were 126 separate attacks on health care in Syria – more than for the whole of 2017. Syria now accounts for a staggering 70% of all attacks on health care facilities documented by WHO worldwide.”  

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