08 Aug 2014 09:47
April 24, 2014
10 year old Abdullah suffers from burns on the lower part of his body that he received six months ago from an exploding shell. His family is unable to afford any medicine or treatment for his burns and, consequently, Abdullah is immobile and unable to attend school or work to support his family. He lives in his besieged, war torn village of Al Hanboushe, in Syria's Idlib province, with his mother, his ill father, and his siblings. His family shares a small, two-room house with his Aunt, who's husband was killed recently in an air raid, his grandparents, and his five cousins. Food is scarce and there are no able bodied adult males to provide for the family; Abdullah's grandfather is too old and frail to work.
Given that there is no one in Abdullah's family who is able to work, the family is forced to live off of the kindness of their neighbors and any food they can find in the surrounding fields. In short, Abdullah's family's daily existence is one of physical pain, boredom and hopelessness, with little end of the suffering in sight.