Doctors of War

To support Syria’s embattled surgeons, international NGOs and doctors have created an underground support network for surgeons in Syria.

They’ve equipped hospitals with Go-Pro cameras to allow surgeons abroad to guide Syrian doctors through surgeries and help monitor patients via Skype—offering long-distance support to the few doctors remaining in the country.

95% of Aleppo’s physicians have fled to neighboring countries and to Europe; a UN commission concluded that “government forces deliberately target medical personnel to gain military advantage,” denying treatment to wounded fighters and civilians “as a matter of policy,” Ben Taub writes. According to Physicians for Human Rights, the Syrian government has assassinated, bombed, and tortured to death almost 700 medical personnel—while ISIS and other non-state actors have killed 27.

The New Yorker

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