13th June 2017
Iraqi army and coalition forces continue to advance against ISIS insurgents, and the battle for Mosul is cruel and costly. It does not play favourites. Innocent children, mothers, and fathers are not just caught in the crossfire—they are targets of horrific violence.
Snipers take aim at civilians crawling out of their homes and trying to flee toward safety. Many are on the brink of freedom when a bullet finds its mark. Those who survive need immediate medical attention.
Samaritan’s Purse established an Emergency Field Hospital just outside of Mosul to meet the urgent need for medical care on the front lines. Medical staff have treated more than 1,700 patients since the hospital opened in early January, and they’ve performed more than 900 major surgeries.
Life inside the hospital is marked by trauma, heartbreak, celebration, and mourning. About half of our patients are women and children. All victims of war receive medical care, including ISIS fighters.
The audio story below features firsthand accounts from our staff who are serving at the Emergency Field Hospital. Azher* tells what it’s like working on the security team and being the first one to open the ambulance doors when it arrives at the hospital–never knowing who is on the other side or the severity of their injuries. (*Name changed for security.)Listen to Triage Nurse Katie Morales speaking from Mosul about making life and death decisions in a war zone
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