Al Jazeera, March 19, 2015
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Sanaa, Yemen – With a disquieting resilience, Fatma Mobark stares at the whitewashed walls of the state-run Republican Hospital in Yemen’s capital, Sanaa. She anxiously waits in one of the 20 bed spaces for cancer patients, surrounded by uninviting smells and deafeningly loud corridors.
Mobark was 54 years old when she was diagnosed with bladder cancer two years ago. Last month, her condition worsened. After uncontrollable bleeding and discomfort, her doctors advised that an operation was urgent.