This summer I volunteered in the occupied Palestinian territories at al-Ahli Hospital and with a non-governmental organization named the Palestinian Medical Relief Society (PMRS). Both are located in Hebron, the largest city in the southern West Bank and the only Palestinian city with Israeli soldiers and “settlers” permanently based in the heart of the city.
At Ahli I spent most of my time in the ER. Patients presented with a wide variety of emergent problems, the most interesting being work-related trauma and occupation-related gunshot wounds and psychological problems. The physicians and nurses trained me to carry out simple procedures: suturing, irrigating soiled wounds, taking ECGs, etc.