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Ian Kamau's song, 'An Ocean between us' - loss of his sister

Song about loss, immigration and health

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An Ocean Between Us 

"I lost my sister on March 3, 2016. She passed away abruptly in Trinidad. I wrote this song for her and her two sons Emmanuel and Kyle. It contains a conversation with my father Roger McTair that I recorded on my phone in his apartment in downtown Toronto. As much as this song is about a lost life, it is about health, and migration, and the distance (physical and emotional) that immigration creates. Rest in peace Roxanne. 

-Ian "

I thank Dr. Nazik M Nurelhuda, BDS, MFD for this inspirational piece. Nazik is the National Technical Consultant to Developing Health Systems Unit, World Health Organization, Sudan Country Office and Assistant Professor in Dental Public Health, University of Khartoum, Sudan.

What is a provocation or insight that might inspire others during this challenge?

1) How does immigration affect sorrow? How do we provide provide services across national boundaries and across uneven health & social systems?
2) How do we integrate immigration into health system design?
3) What does grief of a sibling look like? How do we help our sibling's children through their grieving process, and ensure their parents' legacy lives on?


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