“I’m writing to share some good news with you.
A few days ago, before I returned to the Ashti Camp for IDPs, I left from Barika, with Murad, Abu Malik, Raz and Andrea, to visit the Healthcare Centre for Syrian refugees which we opened in 2014 and handed over to the local authorities in 2017. The camp has now been transformed into a village: the tents and brick structures have now almost disappeared, giving way to actual houses.
The main roads have been tarmacked and all kinds of shops and businesses line the streets – small grocery stores, the photocopy shop where we used to print documents and buy paper materials, little restaurants, hairdressers, and even a shop that sells wedding dresses…
There is now a park by the road that leads to the Centre, with a playground for children and several trees.
The Healthcare Centre itself seems exactly as it was. I want to say ‘hi’ to Bahaadin, the current head of the Centre, but beforehand I go to see if anything has changed since the handover. The guards at the entrance, the triage area, the garden – which is still lush and well-kept. So, onto the waiting room, the rooms where patients are received, the laboratory… everything seems identical to how we left it.
While I speak to Bahaadin, I also glimpse the archive of patient records, which still follows our model. Everything continues to work according to our approach – the attention to patients, care, and the environment.
Today almost 10,000 people live, EMERGENCY has treated over 120,000 men, women and children over the years. Here, I can see the future which we hope that all our projects will have, the fruits of all the training we’ve invested in, to guarantee the operational autonomy of the facilities we’ve built, treatment of people that starts with us but goes beyond us.
This gives us the greatest satisfaction. A hug from Iraq.”
– Chiara, EMERGENCY Staff