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Good morning, Mr Obama

Good morning, Mr Obama
“My name is Rola Hallam. I am a Syrian doctor and humanitarian”
That was my opening line when meeting Mr Obama atThe Hindustan Times Leadership Summitin Delhi last week.
What would you say to the ex-president of the United States? And not just any ex-president, but Barack Obama himself. You might be surprised to hear that I had very mixed feelings about meeting him.
Let’s rewind to January 2009. I was amongst hundreds of millions of people who were frankly jubilant when he became the 44th President of the United States. We had witnessed a truly momentous and historic occasion. I, like many others, was ecstatic about the hope and positivity that his appointment signalled. Not just for America, but for seemingly for the whole world.
Now fast forward to August 2013. The war on civilians in Syria had been raging for more than 18 months. I was in North Syria working as the Medical Director forHand in Hand for Syria on a medical mission when the monstrous chemical weapons a…

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