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Alejandra

Alejandra Garcia Paton, chargée de plaidoyer en Palestine. © Bruno Fert

Alejandra

Advocacy officer in Palestine, Alejandra García Patón has been working with Doctors of the World for six years. First in Paris, then Liberia, and now Alejandra has settled in Jerusalem. 

 

WHAT BROUGHT ME HERE? 

I was a translator in Paris when I came across Doctors of the World’s activities and saw how committed they are to their work. It really motivated me to go to the field and share the human values that I feel are my own.

 

WHAT I DO

I support citizen advocacy to raise awareness. The psychosocial support we provide to families in Palestine allows us to collect data on the population’s health and evaluate the impact of the violence on their everyday lives. This information helps inform our advocacy to ensure politicians take the measures needed to protect civilians. We also alert the international community to the blockade of the Gaza Strip, which hampers reconstruction efforts and oppresses the people. 

 

WHAT I FEEL

I am deeply affected by the distress of Palestinian families who live in fear, the mothers who don’t dare leave home and keep their children behind closed doors while they wait for the fathers to come back from work. We have brought in diplomats so that they can see for themselves how impossible it is to live this way. The people here have to be the focus of all our advocacy efforts because we have a duty to protect them. 

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The people here have to be the focus of all our advocacy efforts because we have a duty to protect them.