Washington doctors helping effort to aid Syrian refugees

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by MEG COYLE / KING 5 News

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Posted on August 28, 2013 at 8:05 PM

Updated Wednesday, Aug 28 at 8:20 PM

Several doctors from Western Washington are part of a broader effort to aid in the Syrian refugee crisis.

As it becoming increasingly apparent it's not a matter of if but when the US strikes Syria, Dr. Nabil Al-Krumly believes now is the time to act.

“I lived in Syria for 30 years and all of us know about how brutal is this regime,” said Al-Krumly.

A regime accused of launching a widespread chemical attack against its own people. “Everytime I look at this I envision my daughter, she’s two years old,” said Al-Krumly.

He still has family in Syria as well as in neighboring countries after they were forced to flee. That’s why Al-Krumly says the response shouldn't just be military, but humanitarian as well for the millions of refugees. Al-Krumly is planning a trip to Jordan in November.

“We are talking about people who are living without any kind of medical or dental services for about three years. So there’s definitely tons of need, absolutely,” said Al-Krumly. 

A group of 39 medical personnel including surgeons, dentists and psychiatrists leave next week with Seattle’s Salaam Cultural Museum, which is organizing the mission.

Polls show American support for military intervention is low. Al-Krumly concedes the US is late to the game.

“The reaction should’ve happened two-and-a-half years ago,” he said. “So definitely yes, we should work together to stop that crazy guy from killing more people.”

The situation is so unstable Al-Krumly hopes to provide at least a little civility to a country in chaos. His homeland has already lost so much, he just wants to give a small part back.

“We live in a small word, you know what I mean? Anything that happens there will affect us here somehow,” he said.

If you’d like to help, Salaam Cultural Museum is in need of cash donations as well as blankets and medical supplies. For more information, visit the Salaam Cultural Museum website.
 
 
 

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