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Syrian aid worker has full scholarship to Johns Hopkins, but worries he can't get a visa

Syrian aid worker has full scholarship to Johns Hopkins, but worries he can't get a visa

Hazem Rihawi hopes to come to the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health this fall to learn ways to better help his countrymen in war-torn Syria.

An industrial pharmacist turned aid worker, who learned about humanitarian work in the field and wants more formal training, Rihawi has secured a full scholarship to the school. But his dream of coming to the Baltimore school rests on whether he can get a student visa amid restrictions on who can study in the United States.

“Of course I am worried,” Rihawi said from Somalia, where he is now doing humanitarian work. “I am happy to be accepted to one of the best schools in the world, but I don’t know if I will be able to...

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