Abu Khalid is an orthopaedic surgeon and director of an MSF-supported hospital in besieged east Aleppo. He left Aleppo on 21 August in the belief that the siege was over, but when it broke days later, he found himself unable to return.
Before I could see him, I could hear his screams coming towards us through the fabric of the field clinic tent. Carried in a standard issue dark thermal blanket by four young men; he was in tears, screaming and writhing in agony.
18 July 2012
Today is the first day of Ramadhan. The twilight sky starts to appear and there is nothing I want more than to go home and prepare food for the break of my fasting. This year I spend the Ramadhan on my own, far away from home.