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Canadian Doctors for Refugee Care (CDRC) had its largest national Day of Action on June 15th in 20 Canadian cities. Medical professionals, social workers, human rights activists, community health workers as well as students gathered on that day to protest the Federal Government’s fund cuts to provide necessary health care for refugees. Moreover, it was recently revealed that the government is spending $1.4 million fighting to preserve the cuts.
CDRC documented examples of refugees being denied important public health care services. It is only because of doctors’ moral feeling of responsibility for human life and doctors’ willingness to examine patients in their free time that many refugees seeking help received it, according to Sasha Dyck, a co-organizer of Montreal’s Day of Action.
CKUT’s Kateryna Gordiychuk conducted interviews with him and 3 other organizers of the National Event in Winnipeg, Edmonton and Vancouver. Although, the circumstances in which the Day of Action happened differed, the event carried a similar message of solidarity and support for those who are denied medical treatment. As of now, there is still no reaction of the Federal Government to the National event, but there is no doubt that a message was sent by such a successful National rally.
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Image Courtesy: Sasha Dyck