March 21, 2017
Meet Dr. Abdulkhalek
caroline.philhower

Dr. Abdulkhalek remembers all too well the moment that a rocket targeted the house next to his. “I remember when we were in our house and the plane targeted next to our house with a bunker buster rocket. The sound of that rocket was horrible,” he says, adding that he...

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March 17, 2017
Meet Abu Rajab
caroline.philhower

Like many Syrians displaced by the ongoing crisis, SAMS medic Abu Rajab dreams of one day returning to his hometown of Aleppo. Before the eruption of the Syrian crisis, Abu Rajab worked as radiologist technician. At the time, he could not anticipate how dramatically his life would change as years...

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February 28, 2017
blog post by sgr volunteer: “Hope is Still Alive in Refugee Camps”
caroline.philhower

My first exposure to the “refugee crisis” was in the summer of 2013, just before my senior year of high school. I was in Istanbul visiting family and the Turkish nightly news was consumed with reports of increasing numbers fleeing the seemingly endless violence in Syria. Thousands were pouring across...

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February 15, 2017
Refugees are amongst the most misunderstood of people in the world. Why?
caroline.philhower

It is because we label them as just that. ‘Refugees’. This mark typecasts and strips away the humanity of these individuals, and it does so because it crafts a one-dimensional perception of them.    What many of us lose sight of, is that they were often highly-educated professionals who thrived...

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December 23, 2016
Blog Post by Dr. Hisham Sharif, “Battle after The Conflict”
caroline.philhower

I would like to make a note to the reader, that this report is intended to not simply raise awareness, but more importantly to promote pro-activity to push for better living conditions in the Syrian refugee camps.  There are currently two categories of Syrians directly affected by the war; the...

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December 22, 2016
We Are Showing Those In Aleppo They Have Not Been Forgotten
caroline.philhower

The Syrian American Medical Society (SAMS) is grateful that as of last Thursday, December 15, over 9,500 civilians were evacuated from besieged eastern Aleppo City. Unfortunately, among those who were evacuated, 1,400 were in need of medical attention, and many were critically wounded or chronically ill. More than 90 were...

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December 9, 2016
“I can’t express how happy I was.”
caroline.philhower

Two years ago I finished my high school, and I got high grades, but I couldn’t attend the university as the university is located in area which controlled by Assad regime and I am a resident of rebel-held area. Because of that I stayed a whole year without studying. I...

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December 9, 2016
“I was dreaming of this day for several years!”
caroline.philhower

In September 2015, after I finished high school, I saw an announcement on Facebook about a scholarship in Bosnia, which was posted by SAMS. I applied to this scholarship and after an interview I was accepted -with other ten students-, we were chosen from tens of students, and that was...

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December 8, 2016
“We promised ourselves to become successful doctors.”
caroline.philhower

Regarding to what has been happening in Syria from massacres, continuous death and shortage of every essential need, I was feeling helpless inside myself, I couldn’t do any help to my injured people in Syria. That was till SAMS supported me and helped me get the visa to go to Bosnia...

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December 8, 2016
“That day was unforgettable to all of us.”
caroline.philhower

I was so happy when I got accepted at the Sarajevo School of Science and Technology after taking the entrance exam, thanks to SAMS organization that supported us to join the medical school. Prior to that, I was confused about my study and which university I would join until I was asked...

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