Iraqi teenager wants to repay UK by becoming doctor

Iraqi teenager wants to repay UK by becoming doctor

Hana Barzinji

Hana Barzinji

Hana Barzinji

Hana Barzinji gets her A-level results

First published in News The Bolton News: Photograph of the Author by , education reporter

TEENAGER Hana Barzinji wants to repay the UK as a doctor — after fleeing her wartorn homeland at the age of four.

Hana, who scored four A* A-level grades last week, is set to study medicine at the University of Manchester after escaping Iraq with her family as a youngster.

The 18-year-old, whose father studies computing at Bolton University, said: “I am really grateful to this country for providing the opportunity.

“Hopefully I can contribute by becoming a doctor. This is my chance to give back.”

In 2000, before the fall of dictator Saddam Hussein, her father, Hiwa, aged 43, and mother Tka, aged 42, decided their native Kurdish region of northern Iraq was too volatile to bring up their children.

Qualified teacher Mr Barzinji came to the UK and did any odd job he could find to pave the way for his wife, also a teacher, and their then two children to follow him in 2002.

Hana said: “My father first needed to establish some sort of life to come here.

“My parents wanted a safer environment for their children. A better place for an education.

"I was only very young at the time but it was a turbulent place. The situation in Iraq that we are seeing on TV at the moment is precisely the thing they were trying to protect us from."

The family are settled in Rochdale, with Mr Barzinji studying for a computing degree in Bolton.

Hana’s brother Taman, 16, is an engineering student at Bury College.

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4:43pm Mon 18 Aug 14

steveG says...

Though I do see this young ladies heart and sentiment are in the right place,she has this funny idea that Doctors in the United Kingdom put more into society than they take out.

That was, certainly, once true though many years ago.
Though I do see this young ladies heart and sentiment are in the right place,she has this funny idea that Doctors in the United Kingdom put more into society than they take out. That was, certainly, once true though many years ago. steveG
  • Score: 2

11:37pm Mon 18 Aug 14

Citizen Cane says...

Shall we dispel some myths here? The Kurdish region of northern Iraq has been a semi-autonomous region and relatively peaceful since 1991. Indeed tourism to the region was deemed relatively safe just a few years ago. It had its own regional government since 1992 and mainstream Iraqi forces had withdrawn a year earlier. Kurdish airspace was protected by a no-fly zone, policed by the west. Miss Barzinji is in no more position than I to comment on the stability or otherwise of the Kurdish region at that time. She should, however, be aware that Britain is not capable of taking every single economic migrant in the world.

Whilst the article seeks to avoid the issue. There is no evidence that the family has done anything but be a net recipient of taxpayer cash by use of the words "teacher" and "student". As a doctor, she will also be personally enriched by taxpayer cash and her student place has deprived a UK born applicant of the opportunity of that place. The costs of her training are almost certainly at the expense of already overtaxed taxpayers. From an economic viewpoint, she has not and is unlikely to make any net contribution to the exchequer in her lifetime. She has been misinformed if she thinks that she is "repaying the UK".

It would have been far more honourable to have stayed in the Kurdish region, qualified as a doctor and helped those good people by way of medical services. Given her undoubted talents, this is a tragic loss to the Kurdish region.

That is the harsh reality of this article which is naïve in the extreme and arguably insulting to the reader by it's careful omissions.

Before the anti-racist rascals emerge from their burrows with yet more half truths.. I have infinite respect for a talented West African that I know, who has no desire to come to the west and who does as much as he can to make a difference for his own people in his own land.
Shall we dispel some myths here? The Kurdish region of northern Iraq has been a semi-autonomous region and relatively peaceful since 1991. Indeed tourism to the region was deemed relatively safe just a few years ago. It had its own regional government since 1992 and mainstream Iraqi forces had withdrawn a year earlier. Kurdish airspace was protected by a no-fly zone, policed by the west. Miss Barzinji is in no more position than I to comment on the stability or otherwise of the Kurdish region at that time. She should, however, be aware that Britain is not capable of taking every single economic migrant in the world. Whilst the article seeks to avoid the issue. There is no evidence that the family has done anything but be a net recipient of taxpayer cash by use of the words "teacher" and "student". As a doctor, she will also be personally enriched by taxpayer cash and her student place has deprived a UK born applicant of the opportunity of that place. The costs of her training are almost certainly at the expense of already overtaxed taxpayers. From an economic viewpoint, she has not and is unlikely to make any net contribution to the exchequer in her lifetime. She has been misinformed if she thinks that she is "repaying the UK". It would have been far more honourable to have stayed in the Kurdish region, qualified as a doctor and helped those good people by way of medical services. Given her undoubted talents, this is a tragic loss to the Kurdish region. That is the harsh reality of this article which is naïve in the extreme and arguably insulting to the reader by it's careful omissions. Before the anti-racist rascals emerge from their burrows with yet more half truths.. I have infinite respect for a talented West African that I know, who has no desire to come to the west and who does as much as he can to make a difference for his own people in his own land. Citizen Cane
  • Score: -5

8:21pm Tue 19 Aug 14

AndyMorton says...

And take more jobs up here.... Good favour
And take more jobs up here.... Good favour AndyMorton
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