Posted by: bahareiran | November 14, 2010

Al-Maliki’s forces intimidate cancer patients in Ashraf

 The Iraqi forces under the command of Nouri al-Maliki obstructed the transfer of Ms. Elham Fardipour, 44, who is suffering from thyroid cancer, to hospital.

According to her doctor, she should have undergone iodine therapy in the hospital for three days starting on November 9.

The Iraqi forces and the Iraqi officials of the hospital in Ashraf had already agreed with the transfer of Ms. Fardipour to hospital accompanied by another Ashraf resident as her translator and nurse.

However, on Monday evening, November 8, the head of hospital in Ashraf, Omar Khalid Tamimi, informed the patient that she should go to hospital without a translator and a nurse from Ashraf and the Iraqi soldiers will accompany her. They are the very same soldiers who have been involved in attacks on Ashraf, killing of its residents and the siege of the camp. Under these circumstances, she was compelled to cancel her appointment. Omar Khalid, although acting as a medical doctor, he is indeed at the service of the Iranian regime.

Describing her ordeal in a letter on August 2 to Mr. Ad Merkelt, the UN Secretary General’s Special Representative for Iraq, Ms. Fardipour wrote: “In order to intimidate and silence me when I protested, Omar Khalid called the police chief and then a group of twelve armed men entered the hospital… Where in the world do armed men enter hospital to intimidate patients? Patients at Ashraf hospital have no security and no one is answerable.”

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