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‘He organised us to fight Covid’: a Syrian doctor on losing her husband

Adnan al-Jassim survived Isis, bombing, and wanted to stay in Syria to help others … then the pandemic hit

Dr Raba al-Sayed looked across the Euphrates river towards her family home in the east Syrian town of Al-Bukamal in Deir ez-Zor and was gripped by trepidation.

It was November 2017. With her husband, Adnan al-Jassim, and their four children, the family had finally managed to escape Islamic State, the Syrian government and Russian bombing, and were preparing to make the next stage of the dangerous journey to Al-Bab in the Turkish-controlled north of the country.

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