Five years ago today, in the early hours of the morning, chemical weapons were dropped on eastern and western Ghouta, an area just outside Damascus.
Rockets fell on Ghouta, releasing sarin gas that contaminated more than 7,000 people and killed a total of 1,300 – the worst chemical attack on Syria to date.
On that horrible day, we all became medics. Though I’m a trained dentist, I remember running to the hospital to help where I found a scene worse than any nightmare. Brave civilians came to the hospitals and volunteered to do anything – operate water pumps to wash the gas off the victims’ bodies, supply fuel, and even evacuate casualties. The attack was so massive in its scale that all these volunteers still weren’t enough to care for everyone.