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A day in the life of a Misrata clinic

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A day in the life of a Misrata clinic


War inevitably leads to many casualties, both military and civilian, and Libya has been no exception.

One Misrata clinic has been doing its best to treat the horrific injuries caused by months of conflict.

Operational Manager Dr Mohammed Sharef told euronews: “The number of injured people during this war is approximately 8-10,000 and the number of people killed, I think, is approximately 1,000. In fact, this hospital is not an admissions hospital, it’s a polyclinic hospital. We tried to change this polyclinic into a hospital or an emergency department to receive our patients.”

Misrata was under siege for much of the time and medical supplies were hard to come by. Nevertheless, helping hands were plentiful. Asmaa el Selabi is an engineering student. Like many others she has been acting as a volunteer nurse: “We received injured from three fronts – afniyya, Karrarim and Abdel Raouf. We received them all at the medical complex. Throughout the period of war, we received injured people from Tripoli and Tawerghaa and southern areas.”

It is likely to be sometime before this polyclinic gets back to normal.

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