17 Mar 2014 07:00
In the Turkish border town of Rehyanli, sometimes dubbed the “rebel resort”, the injured and exhausted remnants of the once powerful Free Syrian Army seek medical treatment in a Syrian run clinic that itself is barely surviving.
Established by a defected Syrian Army medic, the clinic hosts both Syrian refugees and fighters injured in the war with a focus on long term rehabilitation. Amongst the patients is a young FSA fighter named Abu Djud. Abu Djud was an archaeology student from Aleppo who took up arms after the uprising began and was injured by shrapnel. He was evacuated to Dr. Rahhal’s clinic and had his leg amputated. He is now passing time in Reyhanli, waiting for his stump to heal and to buy a sports grade prosthetic leg. This story profiles the injured FSA fighters seeking treatment in Dr. Rahhal’s clinic. The stories of the once optimistic and now battered and sidelined young revolutionaries will reflect the withering of the Free Syrian Army in the face of growing radical opposition groups and an emboldened Syrian Army.