‘ Doc­tor of the Year’

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mother quickly at ease. The walls are dec­o­rated with fluffy toys and car­toon char­ac­ters.

“For us, the doc­tor is not a for­eigner,” says the girl’s mother, Nora Kan­der- Beres. “He has lived here for a long time and for us, he is not Ye­meni ... he is Hun­gar­ian.”

Ab­dul­rah­man came to Hun­gary in 1989, the year when com­mu­nism col­lapsed, to study medicine on a state schol­ar­ship.

He grew up in a vil­lage in north­ern Ye­men and de­cided to be a doc­tor af­ter his younger sis­ter died when she ac­ci­den­tally swal­lowed a coin. There was no doc­tor around to save her.

“We tried to help her as best as we could, but un­for­tu­nately ... she died in front of our eyes,” he said.

His ini­tial ex­pe­ri­ences in Hun­gary were not al­ways pos­i­tive. Once the in­sti­tute where he stayed with other for­eign stu­dents in 1989 was sur­rounded by sk­in­heads, with a rep­u­ta­tion for vi­o­lence and racism.

“The first night was scary as we were told not to leave the in­sti­tute in the morn­ing be­cause it was sur­rounded by sk­in­heads. I had no idea who sk­in­heads were,” he said.

He grad­u­ated in 1996, and af­ter spend­ing two years in his home­land, he re­turned to Hun­gary. Since then he has not had any neg­a­tive ex­pe­ri­ences here, he said.

When asked whether he con­sid­ered him­self Ye­meni or Hun­gar­ian he said: “This is like when you ask a mother which of her chil­dren she loves: I don’t have a first or sec­ond home. I love both coun­tries the same.”

Ab­dul­rah­man, who treated sev­eral mi­grant chil­dren from Syria in the Gyula hospital last year, said he was con­vinced that Europe should not be left alone to re­solve the mi­gra­tion cri­sis.

“This a prob­lem for the whole world to solve, not just Europe,” he said, adding that Hun­gar­i­ans’ fears of mi­grants could also be un­der­stood.

“I my­self, have not felt any dif­fer­ence what­so­ever: peo­ple here like me just the same as a year ago, or two years ago.” – Reuters

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