October 17, 2016 10:38:21 am
Khaled Almilaji (khah-LEHD’ ahl’-mih-LAH’-zhih) has coordinated a campaign that vaccinated 1.4 million Syrian children and risked his life to provide medical care during the country’s civil war. Now he’s in the Ivy League, learning about how to rebuild Syria’s health system when the war finally ends.
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He’s one of three Syrian scholars studying at Brown University. Brown said last year it would welcome Syrians after dozens of governors attempted to block refugees following the attacks nearly a year ago in Paris.
Almilaji, 35, received a scholarship to earn a master’s degree in public health and moved to Rhode Island in August on a student visa with his wife. He says he feels lucky because many other Syrian doctors have had to give up their work after sacrificing for five years.
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