Dr. Avi Yitzhak - Israel's first Ethiopian doctor
 

One of the participants in the rescue mission sent by the IDF to Haiti following the devastating earthquake that hit that country in January 2010 was Dr. Avi Yitzhak, Israel’s first Ethiopian doctor.
 
Dr. Yitzhak made aliyah in 1991 with Operation Shlomo, and lived in absorption centers, first in Kfar Saba and then in Jerusalem.  He attended Ben Gurion University medical school on an immigrant scholarship, graduating in 1999 and currently serves as a  surgeon at Soroka Hospital in Be'er Sheva as well as a medical officer in the IDF.  His aliyah, absorption and university studies were made possible by Keren Hayesod – UIA donors.
 
"The situation here is very difficult," noted Avi, speaking via satellite phone from the IDF command room in Haiti. "There are dozens wounded waiting outside. It's unbelievable how the small State of Israel managed in 20 hours to establish  the most advanced field hospital in Haiti. There is a huge amount of gratitude for Israel's efforts… I am proud to be a part of this.
 
“KH-UIA supporters must know that Israel has become a moral force that gives back to the world . . . . In a way, those who supported me through my studies are here today through me, for the victims of this disaster and for Israel."

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