Ali Abass, a Basra resident was severely burnt in an accident; he choose to visit Al-Khafaji rather than a trained doctor at a hospital. Convinced that he made the right decision, Abass says, “When you go to Haji Salman, he gives you hope. People thought that I wouldn't survive as my bones and nerves were exposed but, I could heal within six months and now I can even drive.”
Until around 10 years ago, healers were very common in Baghdad but now the numbers are dwindling as the number of hospitals is increasing after many years of international sanctions. The Iraqi medical authority is urging patients to consult the licensed physicians and the people are also slowly regaining trust in hospital treatment, but so far Al-Khafaji's job hasn't been threatened.
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