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- Written by Eman Jueid
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This article, written by Phillip Walter Wellman, appeared on The Christian Science Monitor on July 15,2012
It is Friday night and Dr. Mohamed is on standby.
“It’s always the busiest day of the week for us,” he says as he holds out his cell phone to show a photo he received seconds earlier. The image is of a young man with birdshot embedded in his leg. It is a call for help.
“The government has been using a lot of birdshot on demonstrators lately,” he explains, “and the wounded come to us for treatment.”
Dr. Mohamed, who asked to have his full name withheld, is part of an underground network of medics in Bahrain who provide illegal care for anti-government protesters injured in nightly clashes with security forces. Most of those hurt refuse to go to either public or private hospitals, no matter how grave their wounds, fearing they will be arrested there.
“We still have very severe cases,” the doctor says, “I’ve seen amputations in the previous month of limbs and they’re not going to the hospital.”
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*Photo Credit: Ryan Bayona
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