A Taste of Morocco

On Thursday, April 10, supporters of the organization, Physicians for Peace, gathered at The Boathouse on Waterside Drive, Norfolk, for an exotic evening of Moroccan food, music and dance, hosted by Omar Bouhkriss, owner of Omar’s Carriage House. This is the fourth year Bouhkriss has hosted the event, A Taste of Morocco, to benefit the organization.

In May a team of Physicians for Peace volunteers will travel to Morocco to provide neonatal and pediatric critical care training and medical education to local healthcare professionals. 

Guests at the event feasted on a delicious assortment of food including cous-cous with caramelized onions and raisins, freshly made hummus, eggplant caviar and a variety of meats. A steady beating of drums set the rhythm for a stream of Moroccan music and a beautifully decorated belly dancer as she gracefully moved across the floor and engaged spectators.

Bouhkriss became involved with Physicians for Peace more than a decade ago after learning their philosophy: Teach one; heal many. Four years ago, he joined the organization on a mission to Morocco where he helped by translating for the medical team.

Physicians for Peace, headquartered in Norfolk, sends a medical team of doctors, dentists, nurses, psychologists, social workers , etc. developing nations around the world to not only heal patients but empower healthcare professionals in those countries how to heal others through lectures and hands-on training, giving them the ability to teach others and essentially pay the gift forward.

The organization is celebrating their 25th anniversary this year. Visit PhysiciansForPeace.org to learn more.

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