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Seven eye-witness stories from Syria's ten years of war

The war in Syria has now been raging for a decade. We share the accounts of medics who have seen its impacts first-hand.

1. Life in Syria: Going to the market on a sunny day

Towards the end of the morning we heard planes overhead. A few minutes later I heard the sirens; two women were rushed into the ER...

Joanne Liu, then the International President of Médecins Sans Frontières, sends a dispatch from the emergency room in Aleppo.

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2. A little girl who did not want to talk

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Wreckage after an explosion in Syria

She would press on her pens so hard that  it looked to me that her fierce colouring allowed her to empty her head and the feelings she had deep inside

Mental health specialist Charlotte meets a young patient who has experienced first-hand the trauma of the war.

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3. Bodies everywhere

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A patient is given blood in a Syrian hospital

Total destruction is hard to describe; a state of hysteria took over, first among the families looking for their loved ones, neighbors searching for their neighbors, and then it spread to us medical staff.

The director of a hospital supported by MSF describes the race to provide medical care after an airstrike.

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4. Blood, iron and Aisha: treating children with chronic conditions in Syria

Chronic conditions like Aisha's are largely invisible in war

The health system in Syria has been devastated by years of war. This means that patients who require regular treatment, often for life-threatening conditions, face a desperate search to get the care they need. Vanessa blogs about one little girl and her determined family...  

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5. "Your everlasting dedication humbles all of us"

If the level of brutality has brought humanity close to collapse, you are the reason why a piece of it is still alive

An MSF emergency coordinator shares an open letter to the Syrian doctors risking their lives to save others.

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6. “We need blood right now”: the race to save a life in Syria

A woman who has just given birth will arrive in ten minutes ... Patient is profusely bleeding and unstable

In war, basic health services like maternity care shut down. MSF nurse Martina tells the story of a dangerously ill patient and the community that saved her.

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7. Syria: “I cannot abandon my patients”

There have been times when I even wanted to give up, but my patients did not give up on me

As shelling intensified in his home area of Idlib, one doctor shared his story of saving lives despite everything.

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