Fleeing war – Doctors of the World

Barakat Zendin Hassan is the patriarch in a family of 12 children. In order to take them all to a safe place he had to take two trips. In Sinjar, Barakat grew onions, tomatoes, aubergines and potatoes; he also raised a flock of 50 sheep. Today, it is impossible for him to work. “We could be moving at any time. I didn’t study but I know about human rights. We just want to live in peace. We want our rights.”
Hairan Khalifa had to flee from her home with her entire family with the exception of two cousins who had been killed and her grandmother of whom she has heard no news. Like everyone at this camp, she is “displaced”. She is trained as a psychologist and she works for Doctors of the World - Médecins du Monde. Hairan is very committed to these people with whom she shares the same fate, but she does not see herself staying there for very long. “I hope one day to be able to leave this country where we have no future.”
Obed Khalaf was the headmaster of a school. In order to escape the Daesh attacks last august he and his family fled by car. The Daesh stopped them. They escaped by running away. “They shot at us. We saw dead people all along the journey. Exhausted, his father stopped along the journey “He said: go on without me. We never saw him again.” Obed hopes that a school will open in the camp soon. He would like to run it. “It is imperative that the children get back to school quickly!”   
Nazer Mahma is a male nurse. To escape the Daesh attack he put his whole family in the car and he left, without taking anything with him and without looking back. “It happened an hour after we left”. They finished the journey in the mountains by foot. “It was 45°. We were dying of thirst”. Today he runs the pharmacy for the mobile Doctors of the World - Médecins du Monde team. “In the team there are Muslims, Christians, Yazidis. All of them are displaced just as I am. We all help each other.”
Abdul Razak Hama is a farmer. He used to live off his crops and the raising of livestock. Six months ago his village was bombed. He was severely injured, and after much pain and suffering his left leg had to be amputated. He is one of the most active and hard working in his daily physical work. “As soon as I have my prosthetic leg I will go back to my home and start working again”.
Ahmed is 28 years old. He is a primary school teacher. “I was in my classroom after lessons. I barely had time to hear the sound of a plane in the sky. A missile hit the school. My mother was with me and she was killed.” Today, he would like to start teaching again and to get in touch with his pupils. He does not know if he will be able to return to where he lived in Hama because Bashar El Assad’s army have now occupied the town.
Moissa is 13 years old. She will never walk again. “It happened two years ago, in Idlib where I used to live with my family. I came back home after school and I was shot in the back.” The sniper’s bullet severed her spinal cord, and despite the doctor’s best efforts, there is no hope that she will one day regain the use of her legs. She is paralysed and alone, because her parents weren’t so lucky…
Nour is a builder. Twelve days ago his building site was bombed by a plane. During his panicked escape he stepped on a bomb that exploded. “I could have died.” The doctors told him today that he has a two in three chance of being able to walk again normally. “I am not a fighter, I am a builder, but in this war there is no difference.”

Fuir la guerre

FOUR years.

For four years Syria has been consumed by a never-ending civil war where weapons have taken over Iraq and are continuously forcing more and more civilians on the roads. For four years, IDPs and refugees have been arriving at camps and makeshift shelters to escape from the fighting. For four years they have seen nothing but violence, they know only destitution.


What comfort is there for the victims of the conflict in Syria? Mutilated, traumatized, lost, they find themselves at the postoperative rehabilitation center in Reyhanli on the Turkish border; a refuge where they can try to rebuild their lives.



Under threat from the Daesh, Yazidi, Christian and Muslim populations escape through Iraqi Kurdistan. The Doctors of the World mobile teams travel across the Dohuk province to help them.


Jordanie & frontière syrienne

  • 9 Camps
  • 9 centres de santé
  • 8 cliniques mobiles
  • Santé primaire, soins post-opératoires, santé sexuelle & reproductive
TURKEY SYRIA IRAQ SAUDI ARABIA KUWAIT JORDAN ISRAEL EGYPT IRAN CYPRUS Birut Damascus Hama Latakia Idlib Aleppo Sinjar Dohuk Erbil Kirkuk Baghdad Gaziantep Kobane Rakka Amman Mosul Homs Tabriz Tehran Basra Jerusalem Gaza Cairo Nicosie Isfahan Ramtha Zaatari El Qaa Kamed El Loz Shmestar Reyhanli Sirnak Amediya


4 years of horror met with indifference

Paris, 12 March 2015

Four years after the start of the conflict, chaos is overwhelming Syria and the human toll is horrifying: more than 200,000 dead, half of them civilians, more than 1.5 million wounded and suffering serious and permanent after-effects, 11 million refugees and displaced people and more than 12 million Syrians – equivalent to half the total population – affected by the war.

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