In that period, Malika and her friends and colleagues set out to find a place to work again and use their knowledge and experience to continue to serve children and civilians who were in desperate need.
IDA and the world responded:
In April 2017, a new pediatric hospital was opened in the town of Ghandoura in the eastern Aleppo countryside, and it was suitably named “Hope Hospital.”
July 13, 2017 was another tragic day for Malika.
She was badly injured when a car bomb in Azaz, just a few kilometers from the Turkish border, went off near her.
She received multiple fractures and burns and was transferred to Turkey to get proper treatment which lasted for three months.
Once the treatment was finished, she went back to Syria to resume her work in the Hope Hospital that she loved.
Malika is a gift to the children and citizens of Syria, and an inspiration to every nurse in the world, and it is with great humility and love that we honor her as part of International Nurses Day at the United Nations on May 11, 2018.