Fundraiser for Syrian refugee to practice dentistry in Norwich

Anas Shoydab is fundraising �22,300 to help with vital education costs (Picture: Max Vannucci)

Anas Shoydab is fundraising �22,300 to help with vital education costs (Picture: Max Vannucci) - Credit: Archant

Anas Shoydab, a refugee who fled Syria in 2015, is raising funds to help him convert his dentistry qualification into one which is recognised in the UK.

Before leaving his home after being targeted by conflict sides in Syria, who were aiming at medical professionals, Anas studied at the University of Damascus. He then practiced as a dentist for four years in his home-town near the city.

However, he was soon forced to flee, leaving behind his wife and newborn son to embark on a perilous two month journey to the UK.

Anas crossed nine countries, mostly on foot, and he was also one of the many refugees who sought transport on small overcrowded boats in the crossing from Turkey to Greece.

After a turbulent start in UK, where he was moved around countless times through various accommodations, Anas has been living legally in Norwich for the last 18 months.

His wife and little son joined him a year and half after his arrival, and they welcomed the birth of their second son in August of this year.

Having settled into life in Norwich, Anas is now hoping to raise enough money to convert his dentistry qualifications so he can practice here.

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He has just been accepted onto a Masters course at Queen Mary University in London, and now needs to pass the Overseas Registration Exams (ORE) from the General Dental Council (GDC).

Anas writes on his Just Giving page 'I know that my skills as a dentist are in demand here in the UK.'

He adds: 'I am keen to get back to my profession as soon as possible, not just to support my young family and the people I have left behind in Syria, but also to give back to the country where I have made my home and contribute to the National Health Service.'

You can read more about Anas' inspiring story here, in a previously published article by the EDP.

To contribute to Anas' Just Giving campaign and help him obtain the qualifications he needs, visit

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