A Midwife Coerced

A midwife forced to deliver the babies of ISIS militants who captured Raqqa, Syria in 2014 recounted her nightmare.

ISIS Husbands, Nasr said, barely trusted her; they wouldn’t let her give their laboring wives—including many Syrian teenagers as young as 13 years old—pain meds. Some women, she said, went through hours of labor without opioids or muscle relaxers she typically provides. The husbands claimed that the meds violated their religious tradition, but Nasr said she knows they feared she might poison the women.

“These were not humans,” she said of the militants. “They were a different kind of creature.”

The Washington Post

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