"If I die, but 100 live it will be worth it. I am doing my job." Chirurg in Aleppo
en teken ook de brief aan Obama en Kerry voor een no-fly zone boven Aleppo.
Dr. Samer Attar schreef de volgende brief:
I am an American surgeon who recently spent two weeks working in an underground hospital in eastern
Aleppo, Syria. I have been there a few times, and each time I go, I descend into lower depths of hell.
The hospital where we worked operates out of a basement and is fortified like a bunker with barrels and
sandbags on the outside. It has been hit by airstrikes so many times that no one dares to use the top floors.
No hospital should have to be built this way. The month of July saw 43 attacks on hospitals in Syria — that’s
one every 17 hours.
The hospital after an airstrike would be overrun with patients trying to seek care through the front door.
Side to side on the same bed. Lying on floors smeared with blood. Dead children wrapped in thin white shrouds then taken to be buried.
I do not claim to have the solution to the Syrian war. People say what is happening in Syria is complicated.
In my opinion, there is nothing complicated about allowing a government to systematically starve
and bombard hundreds of thousands of people to death. The targeting of hospitals, the indiscriminate
bombardment of civilians — that is not the solution.
Ask any doctor, any nurse, any rescue worker on the ground what is one thing we can do to help them.
They will all say the same thing: “Stop the barrel bombs. Stop the missile strikes. Stop the bombing and the starving.”
Whilst politicians fail we must act.
Please add your name to demand that Syrian skies are cleared of Russian and Syrian government planes and their deadly cargo.
If we don’t act now there will be no hospitals left to save.
Dr. Samer Attar
Surgeon, Volunteer with the Syrian American Medical Society and the Aleppo City Medical Council