Palmyra Relief founder Mohammed Antabli is featured in this short film, Unreachable, by talented new filmmaker Fatima Hashem Morales. Mohammed detailed his struggles in Syria, and his subsequent decades of exile, in his memoir, A Syrian in Exile. Since the war in Syria began, he has focused his commitment and activism to founding and running Palmyra Relief, with the goal of helping get artificial limbs for Syria’s children who have lost hands, arms and legs during the war.
“We manipulate it or play with it … it is memory. We create alternative spaces for it to occupy, leaving us without the pain of remembering. We create another fountain, another lemon tree and other jasmine flowers … they are all that “other” to replace the soul with what was lost, from what was left and not left, from what moved away and what remained close. Damascus, we carry you in our soul, so we can leave you only when angels come to take us on other journeys, to other worlds.” ~ Mohammed Antabli
We are so pleased to share this short film with you.
Many thanks to Martine and her team with Palmyra Relief Luxembourg. They spent two days in the market’s freezing cold weather raising money for Palmyra Relief from the sale of hand made items (Martine’s creations), raising €1128. This will help us to provide more artificial limbs for the children of Syria.
الف شكر لمارتين وفريق عملها بالميرا ريليف في لوكسمبورغ
لقد امضوا يومين في السوق في طقس جليدي من اجل جمع المال لجمعية بالميرا ريليف من خلال بيع مشغولات يدوية من تصميم مارتين.
وقد تم جمع ١١٢٨ يورو وهذا سوف يساعدنا على تركيب أطراف صناعية للأطفال السوريين المصابين.
هذه صورة الطفل محمود حربلية، قبل وبعد تركيب الطرف الصناعي. ابتسامته هي الأمل الوحيد الذي يوحي بالمستقبل. شكرا من القلب لكل من ساهم ماديا ومعنويا برسم الفرحة مجددا على وجه محمود.
Thank you to all who supported our past fundraising events for Mahmoud. In March 2016, 70 people joined us for an event, which raised £3,500 to help get a prosthetic arm for Mahmoud. He lost his arm in Aleppo, in the bombing that is a tragic part of Syria’s ongoing conflict.
Palmyra Relief successfully coordinated with Dogan Medikal in Mersin, Turkey. Dogan has a healthcare centre whose services focus around the provision and fitting of prosthetic limbs.
During September 2018, Palmyra Relief discussed the case of Mahmud Harbalyie with Dogan Medikal and negotiated a quote for the provision of the prosthetic arm for Mahmud (who is now 8 years old). The fitting of the prosthesis cost 13,000 Euros (this also includes hospital stays and psychological therapy sessions). An additional 5,000 Euros cover a follow-up period of 5 years to adjust the limb as Mahmud grows. (You can learn more about the work and services of Dogan Medikal in their PDF brochure.)
Here are photos of Mahmud Harbalyie before and after Palmyra Relief helped with his prosthetic arm. His smile is hope for the future. We have also included a video of Mahmoud learning to use his new arm.
Thanks from the bottom of our hearts to all who contributed directly and indirectly to his beautiful smile.
At the Palmyra Relief Buffet Fundraiser on Sunday March 26, we were honoured to have one of our most dedicated patrons, actor Colin Firth, join us. Colin has been a committed Palmyra Relief supporter since its creation. We are deeply grateful for his continued support, and for joining us in our efforts to help the children.