Underground Care: Syrian doctors quietly fill a treatment void in Turkey

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0701syria02 Doctors treat an injured civilian in a field hospital after shelling by forces of Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad in Damascus, on November 19, 2015. The area controlled by rebels fighting to topple al-Assad has been shelled continuously and the injured are taken to basements and shelters transformed into field hospitals run by medical staff who have stayed in the battered city. BASSAM KHABIEH/REUTERS

BY ZIA WEISEON 6/19/16 AT 8:00 AM

Four months after Dr. Rami opened the doors of his illegal medical clinic in Istanbul, he has yet to find enough doctors to staff it. An Arabic-language poster at the entrance says the clinic provides pediatric care, dentistry and a pregnancy unit. He still hasn’t crossed out that last service, despite the fact that his Syrian gynecologist and obstetrician both left Turkey just after the clinic opened in February—traveling across the Aegean Sea to Greece, and then on to…

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