She listened quietly as the physician seated near her spoke.

“When the bombs fall, we all mobilize. We know we may die, but we set protocols for what we need to do. We get down to the basement and immediately do triage of the patients who have been injured.

“But afterward, we sing, and talk, and laugh. We remind ourselves that we’re human, and that we’re in this together.”

In late July 2015, Michele Heisler ’97 met with the speaker, a Syrian doctor, and twenty-three other health care professionals who were attending a conference in southeastern Turkey. She had traveled from Michigan to research the current health situation and the possible targeting of medical personnel and facilities by Syrian government forces in east Aleppo.

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