Category Archives: About Palmyra

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.

March 26: Lunch to Help the Children: Palmyra Relief Fundraising Buffet

Join us on Sunday 26 March 2017 at AlWaha Restaurant, 75 Westbourne Road, W2 4UL from 1:00 to 4:00pm, for a delicious buffet of home-made Lebanese food from one of London’s top Middle Eastern Restaurants.


The buffet is £20 per person (drinks provided) and half of all proceeds will go to Palmyra Relief, to help get prosthetic limbs for Syrian children in great need.

NHS Foundation Trust Highlights Palmyra Relief: “Making a Change: One Refugee at a Time”

francaWe are honored that Palmyra Relief trustee Franca Fiabane was recently featured in an article at the NHS Foundation Trust website.

In the article, Franca, who is the Serious Incidents Support Manager at the NHS Trust, describes the motivation and important mission she and her husband, Mohammed Antabli, share in founding the charity, and the focus on getting prosthetic limbs for Syrian children in need.

You can read the article here.



Syrian Children Offer Us Hope: Palmyra Relief Video

This wonderful video was created by a dear Palmyra Relief friend! Captions are in Arabic. (English translation coming soon!)

How can you not love the spirit and optimism of these children? Just check out the little girl’s smile!

Palmyra Relief Has an Official Account

child-817373_1920Today, ten months after Palmyra Relief obtained charity status (and following several attempts to open a charity account) we have finally been successful and we have now an account with CAF (Charities Aid Foundation).

C A F – Charities Aid Foundation
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Account number – 00029440
Sort code – 40-52-40

You can use the above information to donate directly by bank transfer.

If you would like to donate by Paypal, please click the Donate button. We hope our friends will continue to support our page, and share information about us on Facebook and Twitter.

We hope that you — our friends and supporters — will continue to donate even a small amount (£5 or £10 / $5 or $10) monthly.

Helping the Syrian people at such desperate times is our moral duty, especially children who have lost limbs due to the conflict. Your help is very much appreciated.

Watch 10-Yr Old Syrian Refugee Abdul Karim Walk Again, After Losing His Leg

Abdul Karim, 10, is from Aleppo, Syria, and lost his leg in the Syrian conflict. He and his family are now refugees in Istanbul, where he couldn’t work with a broken and nearly unusable used prosthetic leg donated to him. Palmyra Relief helped Abdul get his leg repaired and in workable, walking condition, and will help him get new prosthetic leg in the next two years. Watch Abdul Karim’s story, in this short video:

Meet Abdul Karim Sayyd


Abdul Karim is 10 years old

Meet Abdul Karim Sayyd. Abdul is 10 years old, and he comes from Aleppo, Syria. Abdul is a refugee from the Syrian conflict, and he lives with his parents and three siblings in Istanbul, Turkey.

Palmyra Relief met Abdul Karim through our supporter, Shady Eed, who was reaching
out to the Syrian refugee community to help identify children we can help who have lost limbs as a result of the war in Syria.

Abdul Karim’s father used to run a womemapn’s handbag shop in Aleppo, but life became difficult as the conflict escalated. Abdul and his siblings stopped going to school.

While still in Aleppo, a rocket landed on the neighbour’s wall, bordering Abdul Karim’s house. Abdul Karim, his mother and siblings, all outdoor in the courtyard, were hit by shrapnel from the bomb. Abdul Karim had the most serious injury, and his right knee was shattered by shrapnel.

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The main hospital in Aleppo — Kindi Hospital –  has been totally destroyed. 

There are no good treatment facilities in Syrian war zones, and the only way to save Abdul Karim’s life was to amputate his leg.

Life in Istanbul

The family arrived in Istanbul at the end of October of 2015. Abdul Karim’s father and his oldest brother, age 12, work in a factory. The rest of the family is at home. Abdul Karim and his other two siblings can’t attend school.


Life in Istanbul is difficult for Syrian refugees like Abdul, and most children are unable to attend school. Many children end up working alongside adults in factories for meager pay.

The family is hoping to emigrate to join family who live in Austria at some point in the future. That plan, however, is still in its early stages, and they face many obstacles. Right now, their greatest concern is getting treatment and support for Abdul Karim, as medical care in Turkey is private, and impossible for them to afford.

Abdul Karim’s Treatment

Adbul Karim’s initial treatment and prosthesis were handled by a Turkish charity that is no longer in a position to assist him and his family.

rehaIn November of 2015, Palmyra Relief trustees met with Abdul Karim and his family at our partner organization, Reha Healthcare, in Istanbul. Prosthetist Dr. Zeki Çulcu confirmed that the prosthetic leg Abdul Karim had been using was broken in numerous places, including the knee and ankle mechanisms. Dr Çulcu recommended at minimum that the prosthesis needed to be repaired, with a plan to exchange it for a new one in a couple of years as Abdul Karim grows.

Reha’s quote for repairs was €1,350 Euro – around $1,500 US, £1,040 UK. This included a 30-month guarantee, and free adjustments.

Palmyra Relief trustees also met with the Turkish office of Ottobock – a German-based prosthetic manufacturer — for a second opinion. The orthopedic expert from Ottobock felt that the broken prosthetic was unsafe, and recommended a new prosthetic leg for Abdul Karim. The preliminary estimate of cost for that new leg is €7,250 Euro – around $8,091 US, £5,579 UK. This would come with a two-year guarantee, and all necessary adjustments.

Helping Abdul Karim

Palmyra Relief also consulted with several other companies regarding repair of the prosthesis to get estimates – all of which exceeded Reha’s cost.

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IMG_4837 - CopyPalmyra Relief made the decision to have Abdul Karim’s prosthetic leg repaired by Reha, with a plan to purchase a new one in two years, as he gets to a point when children typically undergo a growth spurt.

Reha made the repairs to Abdul Karim’s prosthetic leg, and Abdul Karim is now back on his feet, walking well, and able to rely on his newly repaired prosthetic leg!

Please help us help children like Abdul Karim get the prosthetic arms and legs that help them get back to as normal, healthy, and happy a life as possible.

Support Palmyra Relief today.



Alan Rickman: 1946 – 2016

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On behalf of Palmyra Relief, we are saddened to hear of the death today of great humanitarian and actor, Alan Rickman.  We offer our deepest sympathies to his wife Rima Horton, as well as his family, friends and legions of fans.

Among his many countless humanitarian efforts, Alan was a founding patron and generous and tireless supporter of Palmyra Relief and our effort to provide prosthetic limbs for Syrian children. We were so very honored and humbled by his support for our cause, and his friendship.

Alan was a truly gracious, generous, talented, witty, charismatic and heart-felt force in this world. Rest in peace, Alan. You will be missed.



Palmyra Relief is on the UK Register of Charities

certificate-graphicWe are pleased to announce that as of 19 October 2015, Palmyra Relief is a registered charity in the United Kingdom. Our registered charity number is 1164020.

You can support Palmyra Relief with great confidence, knowing that the Charity Commission’s has carefully assessed Palmyra Relief and found that it legally meets the criteria as a registered charity, and that our purpose is set up for the public benefit.

Note: if you are a UK taxpayer, and make a donation to Palmyra Relief, your donation is tax-free. (For more information, see the Government’s Gift Aid web page.)

You can also donate straight from your wages or pension if your employer, company or personal pension provider runs a Payroll Giving scheme. This happens before tax is deducted from your income. Ask your employer or pension provider if they run a Payroll Giving scheme. The amount of tax relief you get depends on the rate of tax you pay.

A key step in making your donation tax-free is to fill out the Charity Gift Aid Donation form and emailing it to us at

You can view our full registered charity certificate (PDF) here.