Broken lives - wounded Syrian fighters (Syria, Turkey)
43 images Created 20 Mar 2014
Wounded, often paralyzed Syrian opposition fighters, are taken care of in improvised hospitals in Turkey. The Liwa Al-Tawhid, the largest opposition brigade in Aleppo, with 12,000 members, has created its own medical structure in Turkey. This "Al-Tawhid Liwa medical center" receives wounded fighters (but also civilians) in rented apartments and office buildings in the cities of Kilis and Gaziantep, southern Turkey. The wounded fighters enter Turkey illegally if they still can walk or are rushed to the Kilis hospital in ambulances for urgent treatment. Many of this lost generation remain disabled for life and are often accompanied by their families who left Syria to nurse their sons, and now have to survive in Turkey, living in tiny apartments, without work. A former Al-Tawhid commander, Ahmad Abu Ubaidah, 25 years, a former electrician, lost a leg in a famous battle for the international airport. Now he works relentlessly for the Tawhid Medical Foundation in Gaziantep and Kilis, organizing medical aid, translators and housing for his wounded comrades.