Friday, February 18, 2011

To be a doctor in Bahrain

Doctors in Salmaniyya hospital fight for the life of 22-year-old Isa Ali Ahmed al-Moamen who was lethally wounded during the police attack on protesters on February 17.
Medical personnel described a nightmarish situation. Security forces not only attacked and used teargas against people who were trying to escape live ammunition, but they then kept them from getting medical treatment.
Joe Stork, deputy Middle East director at Human Rights Watch

Isa, a staff nurse at the hospital, was among a team of 10 volunteers at the protest to provide medical assistance. He told Human Rights Watch that police moved in without warning and immediately fired large amounts of teargas and started shooting rubber bullets. He said:
Read more: Bahrain: Allow Medical Care, Investigate Attacks on Medics

I met one doctor, Sadiq al-Ekri, who was lying in a hospital bed with a broken nose and injuries to his eyes and almost his entire body. He couldn’t speak to me because he was still unconscious and on oxygen after what colleagues and his family described as a savage beating by riot police who were outraged that he was treating people at the roundabout. 

A Doctor Beaten by Police

The Op-Ed columnist Nicholas D. Kristof talked with the family of a physician who was beaten by police after he tried to help injured protesters.
Dr. Ekri in hospital, mentioned in column

Updates on twitter: NickKristof

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