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Blackburn doctor fears for family in Syria
12:00pm Thursday 29th August 2013 in Blackburn
A DOCTOR from Syria has spoken of his ‘desperate’ concerns for his family and native land.
Dr Ayman Jundi, a consultant in emergency medicine, moved to Blackburn in 1987 but his parents and extended family still live in Damascus, a place he used to visit every year with his three children.
The trip in 2011 had to be cancelled due to the people’s uprising against President Assad and Dr Jundi became a trustee of the charity, Syria Relief, which has raised £3.5m in aid money.
This week, news from Washington and London has been suggestive of western military action against Syria, causing widespead concern.
Missiles could be deployed to destroy President Assad’s command and control facilities, weapons centres, intelligence bases and militia training camps.
Dr Jundi said: “They say strikes and missiles are accurate but for all their accuracy, there will still be collateral damage. People will hurt.
“I spoke with my mother in Damascus yesterday, she is desperately worried.
“My father is 90 years old and luckily in good health, but he is so concerned. It is such a troubling and upsetting time for everyone who lives there.”
The calls for western intervention came after a series of shocking pictures seemed to suggest evidence of chemical attacks on civilians, including children. The UN said more than 100,000 people had been killed since the uprising began.
Dr Jundi said: “It is absolutely heartbreaking to see the pictures of children and adults suffering and being killed in my home town.
“My children and I are all hugely concerned about the future of Syria and just want to do all we can to help the people and families affected by these tragedies.”
Syria Relief is a non-political, non-denominational, non-governmental charity that aims to provide help and support to Syrians in need, in Syria and outside it.
Dr Jundi, Who works at Royal Preston Hospital, said: “At first, it was just me and a few friends and colleagues collecting donations during the uprising against Mr Assad.
“It quickly became clear that the need was going to extend long term and we became a registered charity.
“I am so very grateful for the generosity and kindness of everyone who has donated to us.”
Dr Jundi said most of the money raised so far has gone towards medical relief, training programs and food and water inside Syria, helping those most affected by the unrest.
Visit www.syriarelie f.org.uk to find out more, or to make a donation.
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