Submitted by Carlyn Zwarenstein on August 18, 2013 - 13:58
Dear Open Medicine community,
if you've been watching the news you'll have seen that Foreign Affairs has just confirmed that two Canadians were arrested in Cairo yesterday. What you might not know is that one of them is a vital member of the Open Medicine team, Dr. Tarek Loubani. Dr. Loubani, an emergency room physician in London, Ontario, is also Open Medicine's technical advisor--in-between running international medical humanitarian missions in the Middle East. He was arrested in Cairo on his way to one such mission.
We ask you all to please copy the following letter into an email and send it to firstname.lastname@example.org. International pressure--which we can help to ensure--is very important in bringing Tarek home.
To the Honourable John Baird,
I am contacting you on behalf of the Canadian general medical journal, Open Medicine, and as a Canadian physician, to gain your support in assuring the safe return to Canada of our colleague Dr. Tarek Loubani.
Dr. Loubani travelled to Egypt for a humanitarian medical mission, arriving in Cairo on August 16. He and filmmaker John Greyson were arrested early in the morning of August 17 while providing care to the fallen victims of the Egyptian crisis. Currently, their whereabouts within Egypt are unknown. We hope that your involvement will bypass any bureaucratic barriers and overcome any differences in politics to assure the safe return of these Canadians.
Dr. Loubani has travelled to the Middle East numerous times, having performed humanitarian work in several countries in the area. He is the voice of compassion for the disadvantaged at home in Canada and abroad.
We need you to help bring Tarek home.
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