Forum considers plight of Syrian refugees in Iraq

A community forum about the plight of Syrian refugees in Iraq will be held May 21 at the Stan Hagen Theatre at North Island College.

Dr. Saren Azer, an internal medicine specialist in Comox, will lead a community forum about the plight of Syrian refugees in Iraq on May 21 at the Stan Hagen Theatre at North Island College.

There are sessions at 6 p.m. and 8 p.m.

Last year, Azer spent a month at a refugee camp in Iraq. Through the International Society for Peace and Human Rights organization, he rallied Canadian health-care companies, which raised money to purchase travel packs containing medicine and supplies to provide 30,000 treatments at the camp.

“There is a tremendous number of ill people,” Azer is quoted on the ISHPR website. “Every day young children and elderly people are dying at the camp due to the poor conditions. This medicine will save lives.”

Founded in Edmonton in 1999, the ISHPR envisions a world where every person enjoys equal human rights, a peaceful existence and standard of living that provides adequate levels of nourishment, housing, medical care and education.

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— North Island College

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