Toronto Star: Doctor brings Syrian medical aid organization to Canada


Dr. Ammar Zakaria sits turning the key in the aging Mitsubishi he borrowed for the day. The engine clicks without much enthusiasm. No luck. He tries it again, and again, and eventually the car comes to life.

“I was forced to sell my car,” he says, his 3-year-old daughter peering between the front seats as he navigates through the chaotic streets of Reyhanli, Turkey.

He drives to a picturesque lake at the eastern edge of the city and points to barbed-wire fencing on the hill, where a camouflaged soldier lounges in the shade of a tree.

“That’s Syria,” he says.

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