Aladdin Ismail is a journalist from the Idlib countryside city of Maarat al-Numan. He got his start photographing and covering demonstrations when the Syrian revolution broke out in 2011, and has worked with several visual and written media outlets. He has also worked with humanitarian organizations such as Syria Relief and Darna. Ismail chose to write this investigation about Syria’s cancer patients because he himself has cancer.
This investigation highlights how cancer patients across northern Syria are paying the price for the country’s faltering healthcare system. Cancer medications are scarce, northern Syria lacks specialized health facilities, and border crossing closures and difficulties of internal travel stand in the way of timely treatment.