On April 10th, we were happy to present the Al-Khansaa children’s and women’s hospital at East Mosul with a donation from FujiFilm SonoSite. The company contributed one of the latest mobile ultrasound devices available on the market. Our volunteer physician, Dr. Henryk Pich (anaesthesiologist, emergency and intensive care physician) was on site for the handover.
Our technician, Chris has arrived in Erbil to inspect the trucks prior to their departure to Syria. Due to the fact that they haven't been moved for a long time, there are a few items needing to be repaired and serviced. The next step is to get all of the necessary permissions for the passage to syria. If everything's going smoothly, we can start this month or the beginning of April at the latest.
Years of conflict and associated therewith the humanitarian crisis in Syria had led to Millions of women undergo violence, hunger and misery. For most of them – free or imprisoned, equal or oppressed, injured and traumatized, hungering and providing – today is a day to fight for their rights!
CADUS is working intensely to prepare the next missions in Iraq and Northern Syria. The Operation Managers in Berlin are recruiting teams and filing requests. CADUS regional manager Fee Baumann is taking care of everything else in Erbil.
The mobile hospital is our biggest project so far. Two and a half years have passed since the idea came into being. We built a mobile hospital based on 4-wheel-trucks in a diy way. For this, we got an incredibe amounnt of support from everywhere, but we also had to overcome many difficulties.
January 2018 we will finally reach our destination in Syria. Time to look back.
Our mission in Iraq continues and so the medical treatment of the war wounded does. But the latest events in the country bring big problems for us and other organisations for continuing our work. Moreover the development of the situation in the future is unpredictable.
Read our now blog post to know how ow we work under these conditions and how the mood is in the team on ground.
"[...], despite the many dead and the impression that my own work would be nothing but a drop in the ocean. Even though you can always discuss the political impact of humanitarian missions, their meaningfulness to me is justified and indisputable. It is a sign of solidarity, of not looking the other way. If you think a bit further, providing direct aid in a TSP is a sustainable work as well, as every saved live can help to rebuild and remake this country in the future and warn of another war. Inshallah."
Doctor Elisa writes about her impressions of her medical work in Mosul, the images that are always with her and her role as a female volunteer in a male-dominated environment.
"It was not some kind of natural disaster creating those injuries, but people committing these atrocities on other people. We were facing the massive machinery of war with our minimal equipment. Would I do it again? Despite much brooding, the answer is yes."
Paramedic Malte’s impressions from our TSP in Mossul
A four-year-old girl, Khadeja, is brought to our TSP at Mosul. Iraqi troops have pulled her from a foxhole in Mosul's old town. The child's mother and father are dead. Suddenly the Iraqi Intelligence Service intents to take over the girl for interrogation, against all international laws. Our team is not accepting the situation and threatens to leave.
Doctor Gerhard Trabert was part of the team and documented the situation via Facebook. Here you can read his combined texts as blog post.