One of the Islamic State’s most harmful actions, doctors said, was to pilfer Mosul’s blood bank to treat its wounded fighters. In August, the United States began its bombing campaign against militants who had seized the Mosul Dam. Hundreds of Islamic State fighters were injured, and the extremist group ordered doctors to use the blood for transfusions. Now civilian patients must bring their own blood donors to the lab.
But with the constantly flickering electricity, much of it cannot be stored safely.
“There is no life here, we live in the dark,” the female doctor said. “In Mosul, we are like the living dead.”
Read the full article by Erin Cunningham at the Washington Post, here.
Photo credit: Displaced woman and her son, from Mosul, photographed by UNHCR/ACNUR Américas.