Khalid needs your help for urgent medical attention in Syria. His cooking gas cylinder exploded last week killing his wife, Haawa (pictured), and giving him severe burns. Fortunately, their 6-year-old daughter Sham was with her aunt when it happened.
Khalid is now in the Hamdan Hospital, Douma, and needs a series of operations to ensure that he can regain the use of his arms and hands. The operations are only available privately at a cost of over £2,500. Relations have borrowed money for the initial treatment but the family's already precarious financial situation has been made worse by the civil war and the collapse of the Syrian economy. Without outside help the treatment cannot be completed and Khalid will never be able to work again.
Khalid lives near Damascus in the Al Wafddien Camp (pictured below) for Syrians evacuated from the Golan Heights after the Israeli occupation in 1967. It was the only place that he could afford and he eeks out a meagre living running an informal taxi service with his motorbike. Khalid managed to rent a small building with block walls, openings for doors and windows, a corrugated iron roof held down with blocks, no electricity and no running water.
Khalid is 48 and is the maternal uncle of Hani, who settled with his family in Ottery St Mary under our local Community Sponsorship Scheme, Abide, as part of the Syrian Resettlement Programme which helped the most vulnerable refugees – survivors of torture, people with serious medical conditions, and women with children. Khalid's daughter Sham is currently staying with her aunt, Hani's mother, who rents a place near to Al Wafddien.
With your help, Khalid can be made well enough to work again and support his daughter.
We urgently need to raise the funds for his treatment. Please give what you can!
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