Al Rahmie Hospital, in the forgotten city of Deir Ez-Zor
Situated on the Euphrates river, Deir Ez-Zor is an area that has seen a huge amount of fighting and suffering yet few outside Syria have even heard the name. It has not been given the same level of media exposure as other areas of Syria, yet the needs are just as significant, perhaps even more because of the lack of exposure.
For three years the city of Deir Ez-Zor and much of the surrounding area was under siege by ISIS. The people living in these areas suffered deprivation, brutal rule and judgement under the sharia courts of ISIS and injustices such as enforced marriage, sexual slavery, public floggings, executions and punishment by amputation became part of life in this area.
Now that ISIS no longer control this area, tensions between other politically opposed groups are more exposed. We are concerned that fighting is still taking place and will continue in this part of Syria. We are also concerned that after the initial calm, post ISIS, there will be renewed waves of fighting which will effect the ordinary people.
Our medical team have established a small hospital providing emergency medical and surgical care to an impoverished population which includes many displaced people. Life is a daily struggle for survival for many and there was previously only one hospital in the city of Deir Ez-Zor which was partially destroyed by a bomb. They have been struggling to provide an effective, meaningful service and people with significant medical problems have been turned away as the hospital is under resourced. People are dying from very simple and treatable conditions.
We plan to open two additional hospitals in the governate to serve the people in need.
Our medical team need support each month to cover the costs of the salaries of doctors and nurses, medications and supplies needed to run the hospital. While funds given in any form are greatly appreciated, we would like to encourage you to support with monthly standing orders as this enables us to budget more effectively each month.