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They Dreamed Of Being Doctors. Now They Help Syrians With The Same Dream

Two Iranian brothers didn't let a war keep them from medical school. Now they're using mobile phones to build the next generation of doctors in Syria.
Source: Raquel Aparicio

They were teenage brothers. They had big dreams to be doctors. But there was no way it could happen. They were living in the middle of the Iran-Iraq war, studying in classrooms set up in tents.

"We thought we were forgotten," says Kamiar Alaei. But that was a long time ago. He's now 42 and an internationally recognized doctor.

He and his brother Arash, 47, also a doctor, haven't forgotten what that feels like. So they're helping a new generation of aspiring doctors: medical students in Syria, displaced in their own country by the

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