Tuesday, April 11, 2006

First Libyan Doctors

These are the first two first Libyan doctors who graduated from Constantinople.One of them is my paternal grandfather.Dr. Aref A. Arif.Was an eye surgeon in the old city. He treated people of Trachoma which usually led to complete recovery of sight.He was a proud doctor who didn't ask for anything from anyone who couldn't afford healthcare.He was a good citizen who did all he could for his people.He was survived by a young wife and 5 children. 3 sons and 2 daughters :Ihsan , Naima, Lutfi, Soad, and Assed.Only two are still with us.As I'm researching our family history I'd appreciate any extra info about my grandfather which I really never got to know. I believe a stamp is not enough to commemorate his work .He should be listed in Libyan History as a person who did his best and gave everything he had to his people.


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