Iraqi nurse leads battle against coronavirus pandemic in Mosul

Twenty-five-year-old nurse Soror al-Husseini is leading the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic in Mosul, with the northern Iraqi city's health system still reeling three years after its liberation from the so-called Islamic State (IS; formerly ISIS/ISIL.) «The nature of my job is to focus on the patient's positive psychological state, giving them the proper cure and meeting their needs as possible,» al-Husseini said from eastern Mosul's al-Shifa hospital on Monday. The hospital was once one of the main IS headquarters during the group's occupation of Mosul. Husseini was one of the people tasked with recovering bodies from Mosul's Old City after its liberation from IS in July 2017, and compared that job with her current job treating coronavirus patients: «I think that the similarity between both conditions is that we raised hope.» The nine-month long battle waged to clear Mosul from IS between 2016 and 2017 severely damaged a reported nine out of the city's 13 hospitals. Mosul was captured by IS forces in June 2014, and Iraqi government forces recaptured the city in July 2017 after a nine-month battle. The heaviest fighting took place in the Old City, leaving many buildings, including its ancient churches and monasteries, in ruins.

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