Mohammed Khear Khalil, 50, is a doctor specialising in internal medicine. In Syria he participated in several of the early, peaceful demonstrations against the government. He was subsequently fired from his job at the hospital along with 52 doctors, lawyers and other prominent members of the community. He is holding the dismisal letter that fired him from his job. He then received a convocation to go to Damascus to be investigated, so he fled the country with his wife and three children.