Our first day at the clinic, I had butterflies. What would I see, hear and experience? Would the Medical Doctors who are in my group send patients to me? All of this ended the moment I started speaking to the refugees about their ailments and how they actually came to live in Jordan. We take so much for granted in the world we live in, alien to what most of the world experiences.
I was brought to tears when one lady who was a patient of mine, recounted what had happened to her family in Syria. “The army came and killed 5 of my neighbors,” she said…. ” I knew that my family had to flee that night, so we smuggled 15 people into a sheep cart with nothing except the clothes on our back, we made it to Jordan after three days. We crossed the border illegally in a way, so since we are undocumented, we do not have anything left”. When I asked her what her family did in Syria, she said: ” My husband used to own a factory, now he can only find part-time jobs working in a factory.” Imagine what it would be like to have a stable job as an Entrepreneur, where you owned your own factory, only in one instance for it to be all taken away and now you can only find part-time work in a factory. There are hundreds of stories just like this one. War tears apart families, destroys lives and impacts people in such horrible ways. All I can say is send love to those who need it the most tonight.