Razan Zaitouneh at The Damascus Bureau (Syria):
Syrian opposition doctors struggle to save lives
It seems that Syrians can no longer benefit from treatment in regular hospitals, be they private or public. All Syrians have left are the few, ill-equipped field hospitals, which could be raided at any moment, their equipment confiscated and their staff arrested.
A field hospital is a miniature version of the inferno that lies outside its walls. Inside are people striving to chase away the spectre of death as they move from hospital to hospital and city to city, witnessing the enormous suffering that Syrians go through every day. They use their scarce medical supplies to rescue children, soldiers who have defected and even prisoners of war, captured fighting on the regime’s side. These medical activists discriminate in favour of only those who have a better chance of survival.
When measured against the total number of physicians in Syria, the number of those among them who have joined the revolution seems small. Most of them are still young and haven’t finished their medical residencies, yet they often find themselves forced to perform all sorts of medical duties irrespective of their area of expertise.