For a doctor raised in Syria, the wounds from the Manchester suicide bombing are all too familiar.
For most of the doctors treating victims of Monday’s suicide bombing attack in Manchester, England, the wounds were probably shocking.
But to Dr. Mounir Hakimi — a surgeon raised in Syria who is now living in Manchester — they were all too familiar.
“I’ve treated exactly the same wound in Syria,” Hakimi told Middle East Eye.
The suicide bombing — which took place at an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester on Monday night — left 22 dead and dozens more seriously injured.
Hakimi had already operated on one young patient when he spoke to news outlets about the attack.
When he moved from Syria, he said, he never expected to see those kinds of brutal and senseless wounds in his new home.
“I never thought I would experience a terror attack so close to my house,” he told NBC. “I never thought it would be close to my family and my kids.”
Hakimi runs Syria Relief, a UK-based charity providing medical aid, education, water and sanitation projects, food relief and orphan support to people in Syria, where 60,000 people have been killed in the now six-year-long war.
While on trips to Syria with his organization, Hakimi has treated many victims of Islamic State attacks — including a five-month-old who lost her arms, legs, and parents in a shelling.
“I have been volunteering in conflict zones for over 20 years now. In that time I have worked in some of the most dangerous areas in the world, and witnessed what I thought was the worst of humanity…but Syria is different,” Dr. David Nott, a surgeon volunteering with Syria Relief, wrote.
“Because of the barrel bomb attacks, the majority of patients I was seeing were children. They had the most horrific injuries – whole parts of their bodies were torn off by thousands of pieces of red-hot shrapnel.”
Now the same terrorist group has claimed responsibility for this much closer bombing, which was carried out by 22-year-old