Daring to make a difference
In a later incident, a Kurdish family had to choose: would they take their daughter to receive a lifesaving heart surgery at the hands of the ethnic enemies whom they feared, or would they let her heart give out? Neither option was appealing, but the father had no choice. He couldn’t watch his daughter die if there was a chance she could get the surgery she needed—even at the hand of nemesis neighbors. After much deliberation, their daughter and her mother traveled beyond the borders of their village, province, and country. Months later, I met the family again in their village after the daughter’s life had been saved. The father was amazed at how well they had been treated, and he extolled the virtues of this ‘enemy’ doctor in the best way he knew how: “He is a real Muslim, I tell you!” In another incident, a man named Ali demanded: “So, is my son going to get his surgery?!