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My journey into nursing: how my experience of suffering can make me a more compassionate nurse

A former refugee explains why years living in a camp convinced him he had to become a nurse
Justin Mwange, a newly qualified nurse in Hull

A former refugee explains why years living in a camp convinced him he had to become a nurse

For Justin Mwange, much of his experience as a refugee inspired his passion to become a nurse, but he thought it was probably a dream that could never come true.

‘When you are in a refugee camp you lose all your ambition,’ he says. ‘You feel you will never achieve anything. All you can think about is surviving. You live on what you’re given, you have no choices and you can’t go anywhere.’

Any contribution I make will be an achievement

But this year, two decades on from his arrival in a Zambian refugee camp, Mr Mwange finally qualified as a


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