“We have changed our places many times because of the fear of bombing…We have moved about four or five times because of the security situation, shelling, and air strikes. And civilians always [told] us they do not want to have a medical center or hospital next to them. We understand their fears of the shelling,” said medical worker in Syria.
In a new joint report from SAMS, Johns Hopkins Center for Humanitarian Health, The Center for Public Health and Human Rights (CPHHR) at Johns Hopkins, and IRC, we explore the ethical challenges medical and humanitarian organizations face in situations of extreme violence against civilians and healthcare workers in Syria. The report, Reality Makes Our Decisions: Ethical Challenges in Humanitarian Health in Situations of Extreme Violence, provides processes, mechanisms, and recommendations to guide humanitarian and medical workers through complex ethical challenges that they continue to face working under difficult and dangerous settings.