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Ayman Jundi: Syria never leaves you

BMJ 2017; 357 doi: (Published 14 June 2017) Cite this as: BMJ 2017;357:j2819


Ayman Jundi, 60, is a consultant in emergency medicine at Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. The son of Syria’s first neurosurgeon, Shamseddin Jundi, he trained in Damascus and worked at the American University in Beirut at the height of the civil war in Lebanon. Now, civil war in his homeland has brought him to national prominence as founding trustee of Syria Relief, a charity that has raised millions for the support and care of displaced people. “Syria never leaves you,” he says. “It is beautiful, it is ancient, and it is heartbreaking to see it all being destroyed.” He is also a founding member and past president of the Syrian British Medical Society.

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