From Aleppo to Boston

Ihsan Kaadan attended Aleppo University in Syria and worked as a physician for a local NGO after the civil war broke out. In 2012, he attended a conference in the U.S., which provided him the J-01 visa he would use to flee Syria two years later. He left when the government began arresting citizens, and he felt he could no longer help people from inside the country. From Syria, Kaadan spent a month in Turkey and then moved to Alabama temporarily. He eventually received a scholarship from Brandeis University and now works as a cardiology researcher at Massachusetts General Hospital.

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April 21, 2017 — Ihsan Kaadan, a cardiology resarcher at Massachusetts General Hospital, works at his desk in Boston, Massachusetts Friday afternoon. Photo by Clairissa Baker.

 

 

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April 22, 2017 — Ihsan Kaadan (left) dances with his friend Tareq Samman at an African Cultural night at Brandeis University in Waltham, Massachusetts Saturday evening. Kaadan has stayed involved with the university after his graduation, and he actively looks to participate in events on campus whenever he is available. Photo by Clairissa Baker.

 

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April 22, 2017 — Ihsan Kaadan (left) models in a fashion show for an African Cultural Night at Brandeis University in Waltham, Massachusetts Saturday evening. Kaadan borrowed Mauritanian clothes from a friend for the event. “I’m waiting for the dancing,” he said, “It’s the best part.” Photo by Clairissa Baker.

 

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April 22, 2017 — Ihsan Kaadan (from right) and unidentified participants compete in a trivia quiz during the African Cultural Night at Brandeis University in Waltham, Massachusetts Saturday evening. Photo by Clairissa Baker.

 

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April 22, 2017 — Ihsan Kaadan (right) dances with other participants at the end of the African Cultural Night at Brandeis University in Waltham, Massachusetts Saturday evening. Photo by Clairissa Baker.

 

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April 30, 2017 — Ihsan Kaadan (left) travels on the red line in Cambridge, Massachusetts Sunday morning. Kaadan lives in Cambridge and takes the red line on a daily basis to get to work and other events. Photo by Clairissa Baker.

 

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April 21, 2017 — Ihsan Kaadan, a cardiology resarcher at Massachusetts General Hospital, works at his desk in Boston, Massachusetts Friday afternoon. While Kaadan has an M.D., he said he is working on what a graduate with a bachelors degree could do. “It was very hard to get here,” Kaadan said. Photo by Clairissa Baker.

 

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April 30, 2017 — Ihsan Kaadan leaves his apartment in Cambridge, Massachusetts Sunday morning. He went to a mosque nearby to run a workshop to get people involved in providing insulin and support to people with diabetes living in Syria. Photo by Clairissa Baker.

 

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April 30, 2017 — Ihsan Kaadan opens a donation package at a workshop he ran in Cambridge, Massachusetts Sunday afternoon. One out of 10 Syrians have diabetes, and the lack of insulin causes major problems, according to Kaadan’s research. Kaadan is working with a former pharmaceutical representative, Richard Wobbe, to provide help to diabetics living in Syria. Photo by Clairissa Baker.

 

 

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April 30, 2017 — Ihsan Kaadan (from left), Fernanda Escobar, and Richard Wobbe discuss how to setup the workshop “Insulin for Syria” in a mosque in Cambridge, Massachusetts Sunday afternoon. The workshop was planned to start right after the prayers and aimed to attract people of all skill levels. Photo by Clairissa Baker.

 

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