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Local Doctor Mourns Losses After Aleppo Bombing

Mohammad Saleh

At least twenty-seven people died Thursday after Assad forces bombed a hospital in the Syrian city of Aleppo. 

“This hospital is providing the only medical care in that neighborhood and the surrounding neighborhood, for (an) almost 300,000 to 400,000 population.”

Dr. Mohammad Saleh knows the situation first hand. Despite having practiced in West Michigan for 23 years, he volunteers with Syrian-American Medical Society (or SAMS), which three years ago, took him to Al Quds hospital in Aleppo.

“Three of us spent most of our time in that specific hospital which was bombed yesterday.”

Not only were all the reported casualties civilians, but the scarce medical staff there suffered losses also . 

“I heard also that the only pediatrician in town was killed yesterday, so that’s very heartbreaking.”

Dr. Saleh, who was born in Syria, says he thinks there are things the US and UN could do to curtail civilian deaths.

“Arrange for a no-fly zone in that area to protect the civilians from all this shelling that’s unjustified.”

As for what folks can do to support innocent victims of the Syrian war, he suggests giving to the Syrian-American Medical Society at www.sams-usa.net.   

Mariano Avila is WGVU's inclusion reporter. He has made a career of bringing voices from the margins to those who need to hear them. Over the course of his career, Mariano has written for major papers in English and Spanish, published in magazines, worked in broadcast, and produced short films, commercials, and nonprofit campaigns. He also briefly served at a foreign consulate, organized for international human rights efforts and has done considerable work connecting marginalized people to religious, educational, and nonprofit institutions through the power of story.
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