If you had to flee, what would you carry?

Shiraz Shoibi, 38, holds her most treasured possession: a small, hot-pink purse that her husband gave her just before he was killed.

“We were only married a short time,” she said, holding the bag close to her heart.

I met Shiraz in Kilis, a Turkish town just across the border from A’zaz, while traveling with International Medical Corps’ rehabilitation team, which provides physical therapy to Syrians with disabilities — mostly from war wounds like hers. In sharing everything she had gone through, from fleeing ISIS in Deir er-Zour to nearly losing her life in A’zaz, the only time she cries is when she shows me the purse — her only remaining keepsake of her late husband and a symbol of the life that was taken from her by Syria’s relentless and brutal civil war.

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International Med. Corps

International Medical Corps relieves the suffering of those impacted by conflict, natural disaster and disease by delivering medical relief and training.