I found humanity in Lithuania

Sometimes a person has to face bad luck, pain and problems in order to know other people. I am a native of Tajikistan. I have worked in Russia for many years and now I live in Lithuania. I was injured in an accident at my work and was hospitalized in the hospital of Kaunas city.
No doubt, this accident was God’s grace, as I saw HUMANITY there, which I had been missing for years.
I found out that it still existed…
I saw that humanity still existed, I saw that human life was valuable and there were people who valued helping other people more than money and career. Saving the life of one person, which is, according to the Quran – Holy book of Muslims, is equal to saving the life of all the people, was an honor for them.
What I saw in the hospital, might be something simple and normal for a European, a Lithuanian, but for me, who saw the inappropriate attitude in the hospitals of my home country and Russia, it was a miracle.

The surgeon, who performed surgical procedures on me, was a young doctor Antanas Budinas, but his high culture and attitude were like those of experienced men. From the first day I was in the hospital, nurses, doctors, even janitors, all of them approached me, asked about my condition, cleaned me, took care of me, and if there was a need to go to another doctor, they always took me there and brought me back.
When the chairman of the company, where I worked, found out that I was hospitalised, came to visit me every week. He asked the doctors and nurses to take good care of me. He said that I was a stranger, far away from my homeland and my mother. Although, doctors and nurses took care of me in the best possible way, even without him asking.
I saw humanity, compassion and benevolence in these people. Until today, I have never seen that doctors and nurses had such humanity and high culture.
One day, a doctor, her name was Ms. Maria, came to me and asked: “Salimjon, how are you?” Do you have any complaints about anyone – doctors or nurses? Maybe some of them were disrespectful to you?”
“No, Ms. Maria, I did not see anything other than respect and humanity here. I don’t have anything to say, and I am sincerely grateful. But why did you ask about such thing?”, I said.
“I have travelled a lot and have been to many countries. I have seen that they do not treat immigrants well. For example, in Russia, they do not treat Tajiks and Uzbeks well and treat them like dogs. But for us, a person’s nationality, race, religion is not important. We treat everyone as a human being, a valued and valuable being. We were brought up like this”, Maria said.
“We were brought up and taught to regard any person as a human, not to pay attention to the colour of their skin or their race, not to pay attention to whether they are immigrants or citizens. We, doctors, have sworn that even if our enemies need a doctor and come to us for treatment, we are obliged to treat them and provide medical assistance, because they are human being, we should not ignore them because they are our enemy”, she added.

“I was in your neighbouring country, in Uzbekistan. I know the people of Central Asia and I know that you are very hospitable and humane people. If we are not able to help people like you, who are in a bad situation, tomorrow they may see Lithuanians in your country and say that we are not such good people. As a result, our reputation in Europe will be damaged. We value humanity and human values and respect them” Maria said.
After years of disappointments, I felt that I was a human being and that I was treated like a human being.
In my country – Tajikistan, and in Russia, where I had to live and work for several years, human rights are often violated and humanity has no meaning. Everyone acts like a wolf to other man. But in Lithuania I saw that human being and humanity still have value.
Salimjon Ziyoev
P.S. The Tajik Cultural Center of Lithuania expresses its gratitude to all the doctors, nurses and other hospital staff who contributed to Salimjon’s treatment.

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