One American’s Mission to Help Refugees

The IRC held a video conference Wednesday with Michigan-based physician Dr. Yahya Basha.  Dr. Basha talked to a group of students, describing his long-term support of the Arab refugee community in Michigan and throughout the United States.  Originally from Syria, Dr. Basha shared his experience working with communities of different religions to advocate for tolerance, cross-cultural understanding, and to build an enduring dialogue. Dr. Basha highlighted his involvement with programs funded by USAID and the Department of State such as the Syrian American Medical Society, which mobilized a thousand doctors who volunteered to help the recent flow of Syrian refugees into the United States.  Asked about challenges for Arabs in the U.S. today, Dr. Basha emphasized that though stereotypes do exist, the Arab Muslim community continues to find support throughout the U.S.