SCORP – SINCERE (SCORP in Action Providing Care for Refugees)
Written by mcdcimsa, on May 1st, 2020
A refugee is someone who has been forced to flee his or her country because of persecution, war, or violence. A refugee may resort to leaving their home countries due to the fact that they will most likely be prosecuted for reasons of race, religion, the colour of skin, different political opinions, and many more. Helpless, scared, and desperate these are what refugees must undergo on a daily basis as they scramble to stay alive. Refugees are all the same compared to us. They have the right to live their lives in peace, the right of free speech, and the right to have a home just like we do.
This year SCORP CIMSA Indonesia has joined forces with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) Indonesia and Church World Services (CWS) Indonesia to organize an event called “ Training Sincere: Refugees 101”. The aim of this project is to give an insight into the current situation regarding refugees and to promote the awareness of refugees in the public eye. This event was held on November 2nd at the Pelita Harapan University Faculty of Medicine building. Participants of these events were Medical Students from the Universitas Indonesia (UI), Universitas Islam Negeri Syarif Hidayatullah Jakarta (UIN), and Universitas Pelita Harapan (UPH) with distinguished Guest speakers Mr. Isa Soemawidjaja, Ms. Putu Ayu Widhi Lestari of UNHCR and Ms. Elda from CWS Indonesia.
The event commenced with Mr. Isa Soemawidjaya giving us an insight into the definition of a refugee and when an individual can be considered to be a refugee. He also gives us a statistical insight into the current population of refugees spread across Indonesia and where mostly the refugees are from. Ms. Putu Ayu Widhi Lestari follows up with a brief yet impactful session about the current situation of refugees in Indonesia. She mainly talks about the community of refugees around us, their day to day activities, and where they mainly reside. Ms. Elda of Church World Services enlightens us with a lecture about the current health issues the refugees tend to face and what measures they go to in treating sick refugees.
The day ended with a talk show session in which we get to interact with the distinguished guest. The moderator for the session was Ms. Erica Widodo from CIMSA National, she currently works as the Liaison Officer of the United Nations for CIMSA. We hope that through this event, we are able to widen our horizons regarding the refugee situation and contribute in the near future as a growing community of medical students.