Al-Hassakeh, Syria – Vulnerable civilians were caught in the crossfire as hostilities intensified in north-eastern Syria in recent weeks. “I took out around 160 pieces of shrapnel from the bodies of women and children,” Dr. Yasser Joha told UNFPA from Al-Hol Camp in Al Hassakeh Governorate.
Dr. Joha is a gynaecologist deployed from Damascus to provide reproductive health services in the camp, with support from UNFPA. But as the camp received a massive influx of people, many with serious injuries, he stepped in to provide emergency care.
“The number of injured women and children was overwhelmingly high. We were stunned. I have never seen before in my life what I saw in the camp,” he said.
An escalation in hostilities in Hajin and Al-Baghouz began in September of last year, triggering mass displacements. The crisis caused serious challenges for humanitarian responders, with the number of people leaving Al-Baghouz highly exceeding the expectations of all partners.