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:
Palmyra Relief’s founder and trustee, Mohammed Antabli is currently traveling in Turkey with his wife and fellow trustee, Franca Fiabane, meeting Syrian refugee families whose children have lost limbs as a result of the war in Syria. Here are just a few of the many children they have met in the last few days, children we hope we can soon help through Palmyra Relief’s support.
An excellent video, from the New York Times website, titled “Syria’s Wounded Generation,” shows a medical after-care center near Turkey’s border with Syria, where civilians and combatants recover from life-altering injuries. The Times’s Mac William Bishop spoke to casualties of Syria’s brutal war.
According to the United Nations Refugee Agency, more than 20,000 Syrian refugees have arrived in Turkey since the start of the year in the biggest influx since early 2013. In recent days, more than 500 people have been arriving each day at the official crossing points, with some days the influx reaching as many as 1,000 to 2,000 Syrians.
Read more at the UNHCR site.
The Syrian Medical Centre, also known as Dar al-Istshfaa, is a refuge for those wounded in Syria requiring long-term care and rehabilitation. The centre, which has been running for more than a year, was founded by the Paris-based Union of Syrian Medical Relief Organisations (UOSSM), a coalition of 14 independent medical and relief organisations.