Mahmoud Al-Ahmad’s Story: A Paramedic of Hama City
Paramedic, Mahmoud Al-Ahmad, locally known “Abu Hussein” was one of the most prominent paramedic among the volunteers who aided the wounded in the city of Hama. He was born in Hama in 1985. He leaves behind, a young child, a girl less than one year old.
Since the early days of the Syrian revolution, Abu Hussein took to the street as both a protester and a paramedic. On 3 June 2012, the “Children of Freedom’s” Friday, he received a gunshot that penetrated his chest. For treatment, he was transported to a makeshift hospital where he was treated and remained through recovery. He then returned to Hama as an avid activist.
He was persistent and worked hard, founding a makeshift hospital in the Mashaa Al-Arba’een neighbourhood, which was targeted by the Syrian regime’s army. This neighbourhood had the largest number of the wounded in the city of Hama during the regime’s army offensive.
Abu Hussein treated and aided hundreds of the wounded in the city of Hama. All locals speak highly of his good morals, loyalty and the invaluable aid he provided.
Abu Hussein documented, using a personal camera, the wounded whom he aided. He did so to show the world the crimes against humanity committed by the Syrian regime. The following are examples taken out of scores of videos he recorded in the makeshift hospital. SNHR and DCHRS have the original copies of these videos that have been uploaded to YouTube.
The footage below shows the wounded in the Al-Hamedya makeshift hospital, where they are supervised and receive treatment from Abu Hussein.
On 20 June 2012, the Syrian regime’s army and security forces launched an offensive on Hama city; they shelled the city continually for three days and isolated it from the whole world using a media and communications blackout. Numerous citizens fell victims and many more were wounded. Abu Hussein hurried to aid the wounded. While he was treating one of the victims a mortar shell, fired by the regime’s forces, hit them and killed Mahmoud along with the four citizens who were accompanying him while he treated the wounded.
In the video below, the location of the body of Abu Hussein, the paramedic of Hama, is shown. The heroic efforts he provided to the injured of Hama are un-matched.
Mus’ab Bard’s Story: A Doctor and Paramedic
Doctor and paramedic Mus’ab Bard, was tortured to death by regime forces for aiding civilians. He was the epitome of a medical hero.
Mus’ab Bard (1 January, 1992 – 14 June, 2012) was born in Teftenaz, Idleb, Syria. He was a student in the Faculty of Medicine, at Aleppo University. He came from an eight person family. He had three brothers (one is a doctor, the other an engineer, and the third a pharmacist), and two sisters (both are attending school). Mus’ab was always one of the finest students, garnering high achievements and the best grades, both in high school and in his first two years at the University. However, even more noticeable were his strong morals and values that were present in all his actions.
The young doctor became a part of the Syrian revolution protests in the city of Aleppo. He was also a member on a paramedic team that gave treatment and aid to the wounded. Mus’ab was detained in one of the protests on 6 September, 2011. It began as the funeral procession of Ibrahim Salqeeni, a respected scholar in Aleppo, who was poisoned by the Assad regime, according to his family. Mus’ab was detained for a month for the crime of attending the funeral and videographing it. After Mus’ab was released, he stopped attending protests and began a new task: aiding the wounded and rescuing the injured.
Once Musa’b took upon this new task he worked around the clock, serving the cause of helping humanity. He traveled with a small bag containing very basic and humble instruments to aid him in his work. He had many supporters and was well known by dozens of Syrian activist for this noble role which he acquired during the revolution.
On Sunday, the 17th of June, the Syrian regime’s Air Force Intelligence detained Mus’ab and two of his class mates, Basel Aslan and Hazem Batteek. The three were all returned dead one week later on Sunday the 24 of June. Their bodies clearly showed that they had been tortured and were badly burned. Mus’ab’s brother had difficulty identifying him due to the severity of the burns extending even to his hair. The doctors confirmed that Mus’ab had been tortured and burned to death. A bullet hole was also found on his body that indicated that the bullet had passed completely through his body.
Thousands of people held a funeral procession for the murdered medical students in Saif Addawla, Aleppo. The video below shows the procession.
The video below shows the burned bodies of the three medical students inside the coroner’s office.
**WARNING: THE VIDEO BELOW CONTAINS GRAPHIC IMAGES**
Mus’ab’s body was later tranported to Teftenaz, his birthplace, where he was buried.
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