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Palmyra Relief is Changing Lives: “It Feels Like I Have My Legs Back!”

It’s the story of two boys whose lives have been touched by unspeakable tragedy.

Abdulbasit Al-Sattouf is now 14, and comes from northern Hama, Syria. Abdulbasit lost both legs above the knee in an attack on Al-Habeet, a village in the countryside of Idlib. Abdulbasit’s mother Meryem was killed in the war. Father Taan, and Abdulbasit’s siblings are now living in Turkey, where Palmyra Relief has funded new prosthetic legs and rehabilitation support.

Ahmad Abdulaziz is also 14, and comes from Jub Al-tine, in the countryside outside of Aleppo, Syria. That is where, in August of 2017, Ahmad lost both his legs above the knee in an aerial bombing. Ahmad lost his father in the war, but he and his mother and siblings are now in Turkey, where Palmyra Relief is helping him get new prosthetic legs and rehabilitation support.

As you can see in the video, Abdulbasit and Ahmad are in the process of rebuilding their lives, all thanks to the generosity of Palmyra Relief’s donors. Your donations enabled us to contribute the $32,000 needed to provide prosthetics and follow-up care over the course of a year for both boys.

Please consider making a donation to Palmyra Relief today, to help change the lives of children like Abdulbasit and Ahmad.

Unreachable: A Film About Palmyra Relief Founder Mohammed Antabli

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.

Palmyra Relief Luxemborg

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.

An Update on Mahmud Harbalyie

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.)

dogan

Please help us with Mahmud’s continued support, therapy, and rehabilitation.

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.

Interview with Palmyra Relief Founder Mohammed Antabli on AlAanFM

Listen to this interview with Mohammed Antabli, founder of Palmyra Relief, on AlAanFM radio. (Arabic).

Click to listen.

More Photos from the March 26 Palmyra Relief Fundraiser

Our Deepest Thanks to Colin Firth

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.

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Mahmud Will Get a New Arm, Thanks to Palmyra Relief Fundraising Event Success

Thank you to all who supported our fundraising event. Around 70 people came and we raised £3,500.

Our aim was to raise funds for Mahmud, who lost his arm in his home town of Aleppo, in one of the many bombings that are now a tragic part of Syria’s ongoing conflict.

Mahmud came to our attention via a health centre called Will Steps (run by Dr Hamza Diab). Our founder Mohammad Antabli visited the centre during his trip to Gaziantep in November 2016.

The centre works exclusively with Ottobock, the German company that specialises in prosthetics and who has trained all the staff at Will Steps. Mohammad was impressed with the level of professionalism and skill he saw.

Palmyra is now in a position to start working with Will Steps to provide a prosthetic arm for Mahmud. Please follow our website for updates.

The day was made truly memorable by all our guests who came from far and wide.
Particular thanks must go to musicians Roskar Nasan (oud) and Louai Alhenawi (ney flute and drum) who played wonderfully.

Huge thanks to Alwaha Restaurant Chefs (Ayman En Nafakh and Ali Younes) and all other staff who provided delicious food and worked really hard to make the event so successful.

We were also honoured to welcome one of Palmyra Relief’s patrons, actor Colin Firth. Colin has been a committed Palmyra Relief supporter since its creation. We are deeply grateful for his continued support.