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Turkish doctor finds happiness in the smiling faces of Africans

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Obstetrician and gynecologist Banu Çiftçi lends a hand to women in Somali, Uganda, Ethiopia and Congo as a member of Yeryüzü Doktorları (Doctors Worldwide) and touches every soul she treats in the faraway lands

Banu Çiftçi is a young, good-humored, excited and idealist woman. She is an obstetrician and gynecologist. On her YouTube channel, she talks about the difficulties of being a woman in the geographies she has visited. She is self-confident and witty.

When I met her, I became curious about her medical journey from a clinic in Nişantaşı, one of Istanbul’s fanciest neighborhoods, to Africa.

“I go to Africa to help myself not them. I am happy if I can be helpful. I satisfy myself as a doctor in Africa. The thankful looks of the patients that I treat there give me spiritual peace. I call it the alms of my occupation,” Çiftçi said.

Her biggest dream in life is to be a good person. Therefore, she touches both people and their hearts. She is assertive to bring goodness to everywhere she goes. She opened 10 water wells in Africa when she was there, collaborating with her followers, and conduced to set many iftar tables, providing victuals.

We met Doctor Çiftçi, who has delivered more than 2,000 babies to date, at her clinic and listened to her life dedicated to goodness and the stories of the women she met in her medical journey from Istanbul to Somali, Uganda, Ethiopia and Congo.