Electroshock Sans Anesthesia: Inside an Iraqi Hospital

Asked whether he will take valium in the future, he waves his hand away. "A person should try to learn from his mistakes. Once is enough."

Rashid asks Salim a few questions and sends him on his way after about five minutes.

Does Rashid ever consider leaving, giving up? Not if he can help it.

"I was threatened one year ago, and I left the country for three months, and I returned back. I feel that I'm not a normal person. I am an addict on my country."

All he hopes, he says, is that the hospital can improve.

"I don't blame anyone who left … But I wish my colleagues would return back to Iraq."

Ali Al-Mashakheel contributed to this report.

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