Today I am embarking on my first mission as a medical doctor with Médecins Sans Frontières. I am both ardent and excited! Now that I have finally filled my backpack to bursting capacity and am ready to go, I would like to tell you a little bit about what I will be doing.
My mission is based in Tripoli, a city in Northern Lebanon. Tripoli lies 31km from the border with Syria (which lies to the north and the east of Lebanon), and it has has now become host to tens of thousands of Syrian refugees who are fleeing their own country due to the ongoing devastation and turmoil there. Hundreds of thousands of Syrian refugees have arrived in Lebanon thus far.
After a while they started bombing the towns and villages. The army sent tanks to demolish my house. They broke down the walls and entered with the tanks through the columns. Nothing was left of our house. We fled to another village, but there we were caught by heavy shelling, so I took the children who were terrified of the bombs and brought them to Aarsal in Lebanon.
[In Syria] 400 bombs were falling per hour. We could not cope with the situation anymore, we have children. We had to sleep under trees, in a cave (grotto), in a valley to hide from the bombs. Finally we had no other choice than to flee to Lebanon to protect our children and our lives.