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“Refugees are particularly dedicated and resilient medical professionals”

A Syrian refugee student has received a life-changing mentorship from an Australian doctor thanks to UNHCR’s innovative Connecting Worlds app.

When Australian doctor Mick Brownstein was asked to mentor a Syrian refugee medical student, he knew he had an opportunity to make a difference.

The UN Refugee Agency brought Mick and Omar, a 24-year-old Syrian refugee living in Jordan, together using the Connecting Worlds app.

Dr Mick learnt about Omar’s perilous journey from Syria to Jordan, where he pursued his high school studies despite the tremendous obstacles he faced as a refugee. After graduating with top marks and showing passion for helping his community, Omar was awarded the DAFI (Albert Einstein German Academic Refugee Initiative) scholarship to study medicine at Hashemite University.

Dr Mick used his years of experience in medicine to provide advice and companionship to Omar, who found his help invaluable.

Watch the video to see what Omar and Doctor Mick had to say about the three-month mentorship.

To learn more about mentoring refugees through Connecting Worlds, please contact Aylin Salt on (02) 9276 6871 or [email protected]

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