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In 2015, 27 SAMS-supported healthcare workers were killed.

In 2016, SAMS has already lost even more colleagues and heroes. Earlier this month, SAMS mourned the tragic death of Dr. Hasan Al-A’raj, Health Director of Hama, who also worked in a SAMS- supported cave hospital built into the side of a mountain. Dr. Al-A’raj was killed by a targeted airstrike, about 100 meters from the hospital. He was the only remaining cardiologist in Hama. He is survived by his wife and five children, ages 1 to 17 years old.

Last month, SAMS lost another invaluable doctor, Dr. Mohammed Alkos who was killed by a sniper in the besieged town of Zabadani, a neighboring town to Madaya. Dr. Alkos worked in a SAMS-supported field hospital. He was the only remaining physician in Zabadani. Dr. Alkos is survived by his wife, two sons, and daughter.

“We have difficulties with our families, as we are away, in constant danger.” – SAMS-supported Medical Professional, Idlib, Syria

While many doctors in Syria have fled violence and targeted attacks on hospitals and health workers, Dr. Al-Araj and Dr. Alkos, and others, have chosen to stay in Syria at great cost to themselves and their families. Safety and security issues have forced many families apart, unable to visit or see each other for days at a time. Despite this unimaginable toll, many of our medical personnel remain in Syria to save lives and bring hope to the Syrian people.

“There is no safe place in Syria.” – Medic, Idlib, Syria

Our doctors and healthcare workers are the greatest and true heroes. Since the beginning of the conflict, they have braved the bombardment to care for the sick, save lives, and rebuild their war-torn country. Their dedication to their work showcases the resilience and courage of medical professionals in Syria. Unfortunately, some have paid the highest price for their courage and selfless efforts.

With our Fallen Heroes Fund, SAMS strives to bring some comfort and hope in the face of such profound loss by supporting the families who are left behind. SAMS urges you to rush your generous donation for those families who have sacrificed so much. It is our duty and responsibility to make sure those brave medics we have lost are honored and that families left behind receive the support they need. 

Thank you in advance for your support!