DAMASCUS, Syria (WOMENSENEWS) — Dr. Fadi has a hero.
He calls her “Sister Nanique” and her name, like his, is changed to protect their safety.
Fadi, an activist doctor, says Sister Nanique has a stash of clean syringes, tetanus injections, surgical tools, serums, bags for collecting blood donations and lots of other medical supplies that have become almost impossible to obtain since the eruption of the Syrian revolution.
The government has shelled and raided protest hubs for months, sparking a humanitarian crisis and the flight of thousands of refugees across borders laced with land mines.
More than 12,000 lives have been lost in the bloodshed, according to the watchdog Syrian Network for Human Rights.
"Sister Nanique decided to go to Baba Amr when it was under fire, which meant practical suicide," Fadi says, referring to one of the most devastated parts of Homs. "Getting to Homs was dangerous, let alone Baba Amr. It was the most violently bombarded region in Homs and was surrounded by the army."
Fadi says he tried to discourage Sister Nanique from going to Baba Amr.
"I could not get her to change her mind, although she was fully aware of the hazard of her mission. There was only one thing she could think of: the fact that more and more people will die if she did not get there and give them the right medication."