My dear friend Sarah Ahmed came to the US this spring to speak on a panel in Chicago on the occasion of the graduation of students in the Iraq Student Project, a project of Gabe Huck and Theresa Kubasak, who lived in Damascus for several years, where they had a program to help Iraqi youth to prepare for lives of service to their country through getting a college education in the United States. Dr. Sarah was, herself, a participant in the Iraq Student Project. When I met her, she had come to Rochester, NY to study at the University of Rochester. She had already earned her dental degree in Baghdad but it was her dream to work with Doctors Without Borders. When she contacted them, they told her she needed a degree from a Western University to join their medical staff.
Dr. Sarah, a dentist who spent the entire Iraq war in Baghdad attending the University of Baghdad to earn her credentials, is now running a refugee camp outside the Kurdish city of Erbil in northern Iraq. She is now he Director of the Foundation for Relief and Reconciliation in the Middle East, a project of the Canon Andrew White of the Anglican Church, who was Vicar of St George’s Church in Baghdad since 2005. She never did finish her degree from the University of Rochester. Life intervened and took her instead to Baghdad, where she began working with Canon White providing services tot he poor in Baghdad. Now, besides running the relief effort in a camp outside Erbil for FFRME, she has opened new outreach centers in Baghdad and Amman.
I am so proud of Sarah for the amazing empowered woman she has become, and the wonderful work she is doing. Please listen to Helen Coban’s interview below to understand Sarah’s take on war and peace, on refugees and reconciliation in the Middle East. It is her home and her passion. ……….
Dr. Sarah Ahmed talks about her work with survivors of ISIS violence, in Iraq