Syrian refugee who became a doctor congratulated by London mayor

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After living in four countries and 21 homes labelled as a “refugee” 27-year-old Tirej Brimo can now call himself a doctor.

Tirej Brimo graduated four years to the day from St Georges, University of London, after he applied for assylum to the United Kingdom fleeing from his small northern Syrian town of Afrin in Aleppo.

Dr Brimo’s day was further elevated after he was congratulated by London Mayor Sadiq Khan, who listned to his story and tweeted a picture with the young man.

The tweet reached oveer 700,000 followers of London’s first Muslim mayor and was read by over 600,000 followers on Facebook.

The Syrian graduate, who wants to specialise in emergency medicine, told the London Evening Standard that he knows what pain is and is ready to start his new role and look after others’ loved ones.

“I feel attached to [Syria and the UK] and want to contribute to both of them. One day I might go somewhere where there is war because I understand how difficult it is to lose everything at once, and how important it is to have someone be compassionate towards you. But that wouldn’t compromise the love I feel towards the British community.” the paper qouted him.

Dr Brimo started medical school at the age of 17 in Aleppo, Syria, but the civil war broke out in 2011 and he was forced to flee 10 months before finishing the six-year course, the standard reported. He crisscrossed the Middle East via Lebanon, became separated from his family and spent time in Egypt, where he twice tried to finish his course but had to leave.

After arriving to the UK four years ago and applying to every medical school in the country he was rejected by most because of differences in the courses.

After interviewing him St Georges offered him a seat and allowed him to start the course in the third year.

In 2013, he he said, his mother, brother and sister arrived in the UK.

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