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Local Doctor Traveling to Syria to Help Civilians

5 years 7 months 3 weeks ago Wednesday, April 12 2017 Apr 12, 2017 April 12, 2017 6:34 PM April 12, 2017 in News

EDINBURG – A Rio Grande Valley doctor is heading back to war-torn Syria soon. Dr. Monzer Yazji goes there monthly with a nonprofit group of doctors to treat victims of the war.

Images from northern Syria of what is happening are what drive Dr. Yazji back to the war zone.

“You have to get over your fear, especially when I see my children here safe and healthy, how can I leave other children behind,” he said.

Dr. Yazji was in the Syrian province just days before the chemical attack hit. He’ll head back soon and expect things will be a little different.

The U.S. missile strike against the Syrian government is giving hope to the Syrian people.

“I see there’s a difference from what there was in the past. It’s inspiring for a lot of Syria. We hear that inside Syria… They are so… there is somebody that cares of us. There is somebody telling Assad and his team to stop doing that, whereas before it had been ignored,” he said.

Dr. Yazji said doctors he called friends were killed in attacks against civilians. Hospitals have been destroyed in violation of international laws.

The recent missile strike gives the doctor hope that U.S. will lead the world in finally stopping all of it.

“I hope United States really takes a major stand for it. And we are hoping for this because it’s going to change the whole Syrian conflict. When you stop the serious attacks or you make a no-fly zone, would make a huge different to save lives,” he said.

Dr. Yazji said he’ll continue traveling to Syria to treat the injured as long as he’s needed.

“Being American, being from the Valley, here, and going back and forth, seeing the horrible things there and coming back here safe, I always feel that hopefully people in Syria and other types of war, they will have the same peace as the Valley here, American people,” he said.

Dr. Yazji added he hopes that peace in Syria is possible and plans to be part of creating it.

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