Yale medical and public health faculty support colleagues in war-torn Syria

In war-torn Syria, students at the newly launched Free Aleppo University (FAU) Medical School meet in small groups in basement classrooms. It’s too risky to gather aboveground where barrel bombs could decimate the entire class. According to Physicians for Human Rights, more than 700 health care workers have been shot or tortured to death. Targeting physicians and other health care workers by government forces is leading to a massive crisis in the crippled Syrian health system. According to Hani Mowafi, M.D., M.P.H., assistant professor of emergency medicine at Yale, it sends a message to the civilian population. “If they can do that to the most respected members of the community, what would they do to me? As a consequence, people are leaving or dying.”