Jamal and his siblings were the first in their family to finish school due, in no small part, to their mother’s belief in the transformative power of education. Jamal thrived in his studies, excelling particularly at science.
From a young age, Jamal was acutely aware of the lack of healthcare in his home country. When this absence of medical help led to the premature death of his pregnant aunt, he became more determined than ever to become a doctor. Winning a scholarship to study medicine put this dream within his grasp.
But, in his first term at university, Jamal’s home country descended into civil war. He was forced to abandon his studies, return to his family and ultimately flee the country. Following uncertainty and trauma in a neighbouring country in the region, 22 year old Jamal arrived in the UK by himself and claimed asylum.
As soon as he was granted refugee status, Jamal made contact with every medical school he could think of. How, he asked...