Saira is a senior President’s Scholar and member of the University Honors Program who is majoring in biology and anthropology in Dedman College. She received a Richter Fellowship to travel to Peshawar, Pakistan, during winter break 2012 to research the health of Afghani refugee children. Then, during spring 2012, she will intern with the U.S. Department of State.
Giggles filled the air in the bright, naturally lighted room. I put myself in their shoes and realized I’d be laughing, too, at what seemed to be ridiculous questions. I was visiting my first patient’s home, Tahira, to interview her and her family in a more familiar setting and observe their living conditions. Of course, most of my questions regarded diarrhea. I had wanted to visit their home so that Nasreen, Tahira’s mother, would be more comfortable. I was hoping she would be able to go about her work, as I merely observed and asked questions about how and why she did things. I soon found out this would be impossible. As I stepped into Nasreen’s home, I was surrounded [...]