The Humanitarian

Ang Swee Chai
Ms Ang Swee Chai is an orthopaedic surgeon and human rights activist. She has spent more than 40 years working in war and conflict zones including the refugee camps of Lebanon and later for the United Nations in Gaza and World Health Organisation in the West Bank. She is Co-Founder and Patron of the British Charity: Medical Aid for Palestinians. She was inducted to the Singapore Women’s Hall of Fame in 2016
The Humanitarian

Lebanon, September 1982. A young woman, with the fear of death and helplessness in her eyes and amongst the rubble and destruction all around her, approached Dr Ang Swee Chai, a volunteer orthopaedic surgeon from London. She was holding a small baby boy in her arms. She held the baby out towards Swee, begging her to take the boy to save its life from the soldiers and militia. Swee found out later that both mother and baby were killed. Sitting in my office, Swee looks up, her eyes filled with sadness and regret as she describes this heart-breaking encounter in her soft voice and in vivid detail. This experience and that of the Sabra Shatila massacre where hundreds of Palestinian refugees were killed that she witnessed have left an indelible mark on her life and given her purpose, passion and desire to help humanity. As a Christian she feels that this has been her calling.

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