Going to Jail for Upholding the Hippocratic Oath

Nada Dhaif, a Bahraini dental surgeon, helped create a medical tent for protesters in February of 2011, when the fervor of the Arab Spring reached Bahrain. A month after protests began, the government cracked down on revolutionaries and swiftly put an end to the uprising. Thousands were arrested—among them, 50 medical professionals who were providing care to injured protesters. “It’s our oath that we will help people without discrimination, regardless of any situation,” Dhaif says in this documentary. She was arrested, held for two months, and then sentenced to 15 years in prison for her work in the medical tent.

This is the fifth video in The Trials of Spring, a six-part series about women who were in the front lines of the revolutions of the Arab Spring.