Gagjali – A hospital at the frontline


The village of Gagjali (or Godjalih) is a frontier village, awfully close to the front line of Mosul in Iraq.
Equally inhabited by Arabs and Kurds, both ethnic groups lived in peace until the arrival of Daesh.
Every day arriving there, by foot or by some fortune vehicles, many families fleeing war directed towards the nearby refugee camps, stopping for a short rest.
In the village there is also a small hospital which run by American volunteers of a Slovak N.G.O., Academy of Emergency Medicines, young guys which provide first aid services to those who have need: civilian and military.
Their work is terrible and grueling, the hospital is just few more than an abandoned house, often they must work with the lack of material and in particular with the lack of blood for transfusions.
It's the blood the main reason of deaths in that hospital, A.E.M. is a small N.G.O. with few resources and they don't have a refrigerator where appropriate put the blood, once the injured begins to bleed is over.
Children are the hardest patients to treat because of their low threshold of pain that makes them move all the time and for their body frailty.
Once rescued people are being transported by ambulance to the nearest available and better equipped hospital.
The economic activities are almost extinct, just some shepherd and some kid who sells tea and snacks to foreign journalists.

People escaped from Mosul have found a passage by a pick-up and get off for another passage or for a little rest.

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An injured soldier brought by a Humwee, shooting photos to the injured soldiers it's forbidden.

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An injured man arrived by a hand pulled cart.

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A family crying the relative (maybe a grandma) just dead.

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People escaped from Mosul have found a passage on the back of a pick-up.

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Treating a young child for shrapnel wounds.

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The foot of a dead man.

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The body of a civilian wait the relatives out from the hospital.

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Bringing a body to a cemetery out from Godjali after the funeral.

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A civilian victim of a bullet on the foot.

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A very young child is treated for a head wound, fortunately he's not in danger.

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A man shoot to the jaw.

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Putting a woman to an ambulance to go to a better equipped. hospital

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Out from the hospital.

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A woman in niqab while cradle her son.
The niqab was introduced by the ISIS, the women continuing to use to protect the identity of their relatives.

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The hospital, don't have electricity h24, it needs of any available light. Also the light of a mobile phone it's precious.

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Refugees escaped from Mosul taking rest before to continue their walk to the refugee camp.

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A child playing with his kefiah.

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Three generation of Godjali residents (children, fathers and grandpa) in front of their house after the Friday lunch.

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A civilian walking near a corpse in decomposition of a Daesh soldier close to the front line.

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