The Beautiful Faces of Mosul

The Beautiful Faces of Mosul

Rebuilding lives shattered by war: testimonies from our patients and staff

For those wounded by fierce fighting in Mosul, Iraq, emergency trauma surgery is the beginning, rather than the end, of a long journey to recovery. As such, Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) runs a 40-bed hospital in Hamdaniya, a town south of Mosul, to specifically cater to the needs of those recovering from surgery and attempting to rebuild their lives. This clinic is, for now, the only facility of its kind in the entire Nineveh province of Iraq, and is currently at full capacity, having treated 120 patients since it opened in March. Inside, patients receive regular dressing changes for their complicated wounds, some of which are infected due to the nature of war trauma. They also receive physiotherapy and psychological care in conjunction with a team from Handicap International. Many patients will require further operations and long periods of rehabilitation before they can return to their families.