Metro Doctor Traveling to Help Syrian Refugees

Ask Dr. Sehr Haroon why she became a doctor and she gets right to the point.

“I really enjoy being able to help people… that's why I went into medicine,” she tells WOWT 6 News.

That compassion is now leading her on a new journey. Dr. Haroon will be teaming up with other volunteers from around the world as they embark on a 10 day trip to Macedonia and Greece to help Syrian refugees.

“When I see these people suffering … at this day in age, how can it happen. It blows my mind,” said Haroon. "These aren't just refugees running from war. There's a story there. They're someone's child .. parent… they're valuable people.”

It was through her residency program at Creighton University that she learned how much value she has by taking a similar trip to the Dominican Republic.

“These are folks that live very simply and humbly. They would literally give you the shirt off their back. I was so impressed by that. They have so little yet they have a big spirit,” said Haroon. “There's always a need. No act is too small.”

The trip helped inspire her current one to Europe and she's confident she can make a difference.

“There's no way to prepare for it until you get there. When you get into a situation like that there's going to be unimaginable amounts of human suffering. When you see that kind of human suffering, it's hard not to bring it back to you,” she said.

Haroon said she shares those stories in hopes to inspire other potential volunteers.

“I've gotten emails from others saying, ‘hey I want to go and do this with you.’ I don't even know these people. And it's amazing,” Haroon. “At the end of the day it's everyone's problem. It's not a localized issue; it's a world-wide problem.”

Through her organization, Humanity United, Dr. Haroon is connecting volunteers all over the world in effort to tackle this humanitarian crisis - once again, fueling her passion for helping people.