My name is refugee

My Name is Refugee – the story of a refugee who travelled from a camp in Lebanon to a medical career in Canada. This is also a plea for humanity, for empathy and action for those refugees who are still in the camps 60 years later. Here is what they are saying about this extraordinary story:

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My name is refugee by Thaer Elrefai, MD

“When people love humanity more than they hate the ‘other’ group, then there will be peace.” –Mahmoud Darwish

“Sometimes a homeland becomes a tale. We love the story because it is about our homeland and we love our homeland even more because of the story.” ―Refaat Alareer, Gaza Writes Back

“There is not one single place built in this country[Israel] that did not have a former Arab population.”- Moshe Dayan

“There’s a Palestine that dwells inside all of us, a Palestine that needs to be rescued: a free Palestine where all people regardless of color, religion, or race coexist; ―Refaat Alareer, Gaza Writes Back

“We have to know the other side’s history; erasing the history isn’t good… It memorializes the conflict, makes that the main issue, rather than finding a solution.” –Yshay Shechter, Jewish National Fund.

“..suffering acknowledged and repaired, and then let go, could one day draw Israelis and Palestinians together.” –Jim Creskey, Embassy Magazine, Canada

About the author:

Dr. Thaer Elrefai was born in a Palestinian refugee camp in southern Lebanon. That mid day he was born into darkness, in a house with no address, no street name, with galvanized metal roofing, with wooden pillars supporting it. In that crowded unfortunate place, his family was more fortunate, as others had houses made from clay and dirt. It is not the structure of the house, nor the date, but rather the chosen place, which gave
him a lost identity. In the camps were the not poor, the poor, and the very poor. We were not poor, as my father through resilience and suffering managed to be a teacher for the United Nations relief agency for Palestinian refugees. Through hard work he got on the honour list in high school and thus got one of the last Soviet Union scholarships. His medical schooling traversed the turbulent times of “perestroika” the dissolution of the Soviet Union and economic and political restructuring. Returning to Lebanon, he was denied medical jobs by discriminatory rules, but luckily got a visa to the United States, then moved to Canada. He delivered pizza and the Toronto Star, while studying to get Canadian accreditation. He is now a practicing physician in Ottawa with a deep commitment to peace and humanity. For more information, visit the website www.diversity2unity.com


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