Medicine can’t stop. Neither can solidarity with one another in these difficult times.
Today is Valentine’s Day in Iraq too, and there’s something powerful here, resisting war, violence, danger and fear. It’s called love.
‘We have shared lives. We are born together, live together and end together.’
‘It’s my first time in Sulaymaniyah,’ continues Emad, who is from Mosul. ‘I had another prosthesis before, but it didn’t fit very well. This one I can really move. It feels like part of my body. This is really a hand worthy of the name. A hand that fits my body.’
"Let’s look forward”. That is what we tell our patients every day, encouraging them to take back the life that war has snatched away. We help them to do just that.
In the face of conflict, our human spirit and solidarity will always endure.
Best wishes to all for a more just, supportive and human new year. We can achieve it together.
This is how I approach my work and my life, with the hope of being able to return soon to Qamishlo, in my Syria.
When will they be allowed to go home?
“Alhamdulillah,” Samad’s colleagues say in unison. “Thank God” indeed, that they are here and alive.