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Michel Abdel Malek used to party on the island of Lesbos, even working there as a bartender. Now he is a medical doctor who works with refugees there. He volunteers with the Boat Refugee Foundation treating refugees arriving to Greece by boat. "On a busy day 50 boats would arrive," he tells the TEDxAmsterdam audience. "It takes people like you and me to help people like you and me."
Introduced by Program Director Monique van Dusseldorp who reminds us that this is the time when we all must ask: what will we do?
The refugee crisis happening at the borders of the European Union has become a full-blown humanitarian crisis. The aid given by volunteers and NGOs has been indispensable in keeping the situation manageable and is absolutely necessary for the coming months. Michel Abdel Malek shares his experiences as medical doctor for the Dutch Boat Refugee Foundation on the island of Lesbos and has a call to action for everyone.
This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at http://ted.com/tedx