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There are 8 comments on POV: Health Care Professionals Must Redouble Efforts to Care for Refugees

  1. So why wasn’t this young woman repatriated to east Africa? Im having trouble paying for my own needs and don’t have the resources to save the world. Now thousands of these “refugees” will take my benefits, FOR LIFE.

    Better to concentrate on preventing US involvement in war making and population displacement to begin with.

    Remember, think nationally, act locally.

  2. Let’s take care of the 50000 homeless vets in the US, many with ptsd, who are committing suicide at the rate of 22 a day. Yet our VA is a total fail!

      1. Thank you for your well worded article. Just a thought: With a finite resource pool – dollars and healthcare providers – there is without a doubt a trade-off being made to support refugees and asylum seekers. Perhaps our priorities should stay focused on our homeless, our vets, our disabled and our underserved. One needs not travel far to find citizens that require help now right here at home, many with equally shocking stories of war and abuse.

  3. Many refugees are in desperate need of help when they first arrive. But refugees are NOT eternal drains on resources – they are individuals capable of making wonderful contributions to our country. They have survived situations that many people likely could not. If we welcome refugees with kindness, the vast majority of them will repay us a hundredfold.

    I have experienced this firsthand. A hardworking, compassionate young woman who recently graduated college with honors and is working for a non-profit helping folks in need as she saves for graduate school, the best bus driver I’ve ever had who has now driven more than a million miles safely and swiftly and has brightened many of my days with his empathy and humor, a daycare owner who has put dozens of special needs children on the path to future success – they all came here as refugees, but this country is lucky to have them. They have already given far, far more than they took.

  4. As all generalizations,
    “As health care professionals, we cannot be bystanders to human suffering in any form. Our moral imperative is to promote the well-being of all of our residents”,
    this is hazardous.
    I have visited as a professional places in Europe that were defaced to the influx of immigrants. Communities that for centuries had functioned on the “honor system”, where refugee women (yes, through no fault of their, “sex slaves”) introduced prostitution, AIDS, and drugs; the men robbing and raping the locals. I do understand that we owe help to anyone in distress, but do we not have a responsibility to protect our communities? Will we not, before performing random acts of compassion, think about policies, best practices, lobbying to foreign governments, so that we can restore the health of those communities, protect and mentor those citizens, where they were born and raised, to preserve their heritage and culture? Please, if you are so eager to help, consider joining Doctors Without Borders, bring your moral imperative to Eastern Africa, e.g., bring succor and research there, and provide safety and treatment to our wounded here. As previous comments passionately say, they need us enough.

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