Aleppo:

( Courtesy of Syrian American Medical Society[ SAMS ])

No camera or no pen can describe what were experiencing here, in our home of Aleppo.

Aleppo has become an abandoned city, to curtail rubble. Buildings are demolished and shattered. Roads are bombed out. People faces are lifeless.

On the streets, you only hear ambulances and civil defense automobiles rushing from one neighborhood to another, trying to get at people stuck under the rubble following an attack.

Aleppo, a city that once used to be vibrant with its rich history and culture, has become a ghost city. What we are witnessing is the complete demolition of the basic necessities of life.

Aleppo, a city that once used to be vibrant with its rich history and culture, has become a ghost city. What we are witnessing is the complete demolition of the basic necessities of life.

And Aleppo has been forgotten. Aleppo has been abandoned.

The international community has turned its back on Aleppo. The international community can stop the shelling and bombings, but they have chosen to stand by while we are being killed.

Through its inaction in Syria, the U.N. has become an accomplice to whats happening here.

We are about 350,000 people left here. No one can leave because of the intensity of the assault against us.

Shelling and bombing over the eastern part of Aleppo never stops: indiscriminate and systematic targeting of civilians, civilian infrastructure, hospitals, and civil defense centers and personnel.

In Aleppo, daytimes are like nightimes. We live in darkness. Theres no electricity. We are running out fuel.

No drinking water is left in the city after the two major water stations were struck. People are drinking polluted water. Weve received cases of water-related contaminants and diseases.

Children are suffering from acute malnutrition. There is a severe shortage of baby milk. The condition of each child is degenerating day by day.

Hospitals are overwhelmed. Theres a severe shortage of specialized physicians. Theres only one neurosurgeon, two general surgeons, and three orthopedic surgeons. Not enough hands and resources to save all these wounded people streaming into the hospitals.

Only 30 doctors of any kind remain to care for the population, which includes 85,000 children.

Medical personnel are working tirelessly and non-stop. We work 24/7 because of the intensity of assaults on civilians and civilian infrastructure, including residential neighborhoods and markets.

The past few days have been the longest and toughest we have ever seen. In the working day, we received 180 lawsuits, including 72 children and 36 girls. Many of them were critically injured.

We had people succumbing in the emergency rooms. The floors are overflowing with injured. The floors are covered with blood.

Children died before our eyes because oxygen machines stopped working.

We only have 4 remaining intensive care unit beds.

We face the unbearable chore of choosing who to save because of the limited resources we have.

We intubate patients on the bloody floors. On the floors, doctors perform major surgeries.

We have run out of anesthetics.

The only neurosurgeon left in Aleppo performed a brain surgery on a patient to stop the bleed and the pressure. He opened the mans skull on the floor without anesthetics.

It was either treating him on the floor with no anaesthetics or letting him die.

We face a severe shortage of medical supplies and equipment. The need is greater than ever. We have run out of antibiotics, painkillers, mannitolused to lower cranial pressure after head traumaand drugs for high blood pressure and diabetes.

There is also an urgent need for ventilators. Merely 6 are left in Aleppo.

We had to use manual ventilations on children. We have lost patients, such as children because of a lack of ventilators.

Our oxygen machines stopped working because we operated out of fuel. We have only one oxygen machine in the whole community.

This is Aleppo.

We have no choice but to live in these grim and hopeless conditions, while we watch the international community standing by watching, apparently unable or unwilling to stop this massacre.

The international community has abandoned us. The international community has turned its back on us.

The entire world has witnessed the use of barrel bombs, cannon shelling, airstrikes, and bunker busters on us, but nothing has been done.

The world is very well aware of whats happening in Aleppo. We know. At night, we assure their spacecrafts like lighting bulbs in the sky.

What else can we say? Who will listen?

The people of Aleppo and the few remaining medical personnel are pleading with the international community to protect them.

Let children be children. Let medical workers do their job and care for the injured.

But we are left alone.

Despite all of this, we will carry on.

We will maintain standing up.

We have not given in.

Mohamed Abu Rajab, a radiologist and hospital administrator at a hospital in eastern Aleppo City supported by the Syrian American Medical Society( SAMS ). The hospital was well received by bombs more than four times in one week. It is now completely destroyed and out of service.

Dr. Ahmad Tarakji, is President of SAMS, a non-profit , non-political, professional organisation representing thousands of medical professionals in the U.S. that offer medical relief to Syrians inside Syria and in neighboring countries. Dr. Tarakji was born and raised in Aleppo.

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