‘The family will kill you if the patient dies’: the doctors facing attack in Iraq’s hospitals

11 August, 2022
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‘The family will kill you if the patient dies’: the doctors facing attack in Iraq’s hospitals

In Baghdad 87% of doctors say they have experienced violence at work, some involving guns, and most at the hands of patients’ relatives

Maryam Ali had just walked into the neurosurgery on-call room when a man grabbed her, shoved her to the ground and put a knife in her back.


Hospital security guards shut the facility down and arrested the man. With unusual fortune, Ali says, the CCTV camera covering the ward was working.


“I remember saying I thought I was going to die,” she said. “I was in complete shock. I cursed the day I became a doctor.”


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