Coronavirus: Iraqi women at risk as conservative families refuse treatment | Middle East Eye

Coronavirus: Iraqi women at risk as conservative families refuse treatment | Middle East Eye
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Doctors receiving death threats from relatives who refuse to leave women alone in hospitals for fear of ‘scandal’

The medical team had come to the modest one-storey home in the Basra suburb of Al Hayaniya to treat a woman infected with coronavirus.

Instead, they had a stand-off with her male relatives, all of it caught on tape.

“She is doing well. Her condition is getting better and, if you like, I can allow you to talk to her on the phone,” said Muthana al-Sudani, the woman’s brother-in-law, standing in his doorway.

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When the healthcare team refused to leave without seeing the woman, her husband, Ali al-Sudani, started shouting.

“Go back to the ambulance and leave now, otherwise I swear I will bring my gun and shoot you,” he said.

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