Our Team: Kat, Kim, and Walter

Our EMT Type 1 teams at the Trauma Stabilization Points in Mosul are made of medical professionals from all walks of life. Here’s more in the series about Our Team, what they learned, and how their experience was volunteering with GRM. Katrine (an Emergency Physician from Norway), Kim (a Paramedic from Norway) and Walter (a Paramedic from NYC) share some of their thoughts on being part of GRM.

Kim on an ambulance, Walter and Dr. Aziz heading out, Kat taking a rest. 

Kim:
“We were based at first in a gas station with an Iraqi Army medical uni and soldiers from the 15th division about 1/2km from the front. We received hundreds of displaced people from the Tel Afar area [providing them food and water] … Many have walked 14-24 hours across the desert to reach the army. Everyone is exhausted, malnourished, and had not received basic medical care in years.

Written while GRM was staging prior to the Tel Afar offensive. Our teams went into the field as soon as possible to provide aid for those who needed it. 

Walter:

The heat seems to be overpowering. Thousands of people are walking as long as 24
 hours across the desert from towns near Talafar to the front before the shooting begins. Isis is either letting them go or they are family members. It barely matters. Hundreds of dust covered malnourished families have shown up over the past three days and GRM/ Iraqi army medics are the first access to modern medical treatment some have had in three years.
Written while GRM was staging prior to the Tel Afar offensive. Our teams went into the field as soon as possible to provide aid for those who needed it. 
Kat:

Three days ago started the operation to retake Tel Afar, a city a few miles west of Mosul, still under ISIS-control… Our temporary “Base” in an abandoned small village, as a short time ago was used by ice. It was great when I now met medics from ISOF, the same gang I worked with for closer a month in Mosul in February / March. Still had a touch of gloom over it, after the department has fought a long and cruel operation in Mosul which lasted almost 9 months and where the losses were great.

The next city and a new operation has started now, with expectations about many hard wounded and dead soldiers this time too. In spite of the grim mood, there was joking and playing with the ISOF-Medic as before… In addition, our organization, Global Response Management has provided extra equipment and other resources that help the evacuation of the injured.

Written in the first days of the Tel Afar offensive, while GRM one of the only organizations providing Trauma Stabilization Points on the Tel Afar front. 

 

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