Editor’s Note: Standard-Examiner photojournalist Reynaldo Leal spent more than a month in Syria and Turkey on a freelance assignment. This is the second in an occasional series of stories based on his experiences.
Dr. Mohammad Alsolaiman walked into his office at the Central Utah Clinic in American Fork. He had been busy seeing patients and working at a local hospital for the past two days, getting little sleep.
But the growing bags under his eyes were more than just a product of long days and stressful work. The gastroenterologist was also thinking of his family and friends still living in Aleppo, Syria.
“They are on my mind every second of every day,” he said. “It breaks your heart to see what they have to go through and what our home looks like now. I pray for them to be safe, and for help to come soon.”