Wednesday, December 03, 2008


Has anyone seen this documentary? I stumbled across it today on HBO. While I only caught the last 20 minutes of it, what I saw was almost beyond words.

It is the story of an Iraqi doctor named Omer Salih Mahdi who works in the emergency room at Al-Yarmouk hospital in Baghdad.

He takes you inside a hospital that has deplorable conditions. The staff is exhausted and drained. Iraqis are in and out of the ER with wounds from IEDs and being caught in the middle of sectarian violence. You see Iraqis who are just extremely fed up with the whole situation.

Click here to watch a clip.

Click here to read the synopsis.


Blogger Long-time RN said...

Saw this special a while ago. The film maker physician and the physician and staff featured in this documentary are dedicated and brave individuals. Very well done and sobering piece of work.

12/03/2008 09:18:00 PM  
Blogger Kelsey said...

I saw that too. It definitely opened my eyes as well. An even more sobering thought is that I think that was filmed a while ago, and conditions have degenerated to the point where Iraqi hospitals basically are no longer functioning. Most of the doctors have left and the only medical care available is from the Americans and other coalition troops.

12/19/2008 12:39:00 AM  

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