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Giles Duley. An Open Wound. Day 12.

  • Iraq

‘Gathban Mahmood, 22, was about to graduate from high school when ISIS took control of Mosul. When Iraqi forces liberated his neighbourhood, the schools reopened. After over two years of waiting, Gathban was finally able to finish his schooling.

His mother, Amira, described how she bought him new clothes and watched proudly as he left out of their backdoor to go to his graduation. As the door shut there was an explosion outside. She rushed out to see an ISIS drone had dropped a bomb, and her son was lying in their courtyard. He’d lost both of his legs.’

– EMERGENCY Surgical Centre, Erbil, March 2017


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