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Lost and found hopes in hell: testimonies from an Iraqi hospital

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MSF field trauma clinic in a village south of Mosul. Picture by MSF/Alice Martins. All rights reserved.

Some of the astonishing stories from staff and patients of MSF’s trauma hospital in Hammam al-Alil, the closest surgical facility to West Mosul. عربي

Lost and found hopes in hell: testimonies from an Iraqi hospital

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MSF field trauma clinic in a village south of Mosul. Picture by MSF/Alice Martins. All rights reserved.

Some of the astonishing stories from staff and patients of MSF’s trauma hospital in Hammam al-Alil, the closest surgical facility to West Mosul. عربي

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