According to the United Nations, over 500,000 people have been displaced from Mosul, and many hospitals have been damaged or destroyed. Hundreds of thousand of civilians are still trapped in western Mosul, where medical services are severely disrupted and the ongoing fighting is causing many injuries and deaths. Tears roll down the tiny tattered face of 4-year-old Noor who escaped with her mother after their home collapsed. It is haunting to look into the eyes of victims and imagine the horrors endured in a brutal war. Aspen Medical is an Australian-owned global provider of healthcare solutions that was recently contracted by WHO at the urgent appeal of Iraq’s Ministry of Health to manage the field hospitals for desperate civilians fleeing an escalation of fighting in west Mosul. Battered faces covered with shrapnel wounds, many of them children, lie in beds at two recently established trauma field hospitals. One in Athba is 15 kilometers from the front lines of the battle with ISIS in Western Mosul. In Hamam Al-Alil the hospital will also address needs of over 35,000 in nearby camps for internally displaced persons (IDPs). With thousands of people severely wounded in the fighting, many face long months of convalescence and rehabilitation.
ZUMA Press Launches this week: zReportage: “Mosul’s Medical Crisis” Photography by @ Carol Guzy.