A few months ago, I had the opportunity to see Dr. Khaled Kandil receive an award from the Syrian American Medical Society at their annual conference in Gaziantep, Turkey. He was being honored for establishing the dialysis center at Bab al-Hawa Hospital – one of the few remaining treatment centers in the opposition-held territories in Syria.
In the three weeks since Aylan’s photo circulated around the world, little has changed for refugees seeking safe passage from conflict.
Will the civilian death toll during recent attacks on Douma motivate the world to action in Syria?
World Humanitarian Day reminds us that it is time for the international community to stop burying its head in the sand; countries must open their borders to protect refugees’ lives and to relieve overwhelmed host countries.
On March 28, 2015, Jabhat al-Nusra and allied opposition groups wrested Idlib city from government control in Syria. The following day, the Syrian air force attacked the city’s Red Crescent-run hospital with rockets, causing significant damage and forcing the hospital to close.