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This Syrian child is stronger than the conflict that made him a refugee

Seven-year-old Mohammad Ibrahim was barely 2 months old when war broke out in Syria. At first, life was much the same as before, but then Mohammad became a victim of the violence that descended on the quiet village where his family lived.

When his home was shelled, Mohammad’s hand was severed, and had to be amputated. He also suffers from hearing loss, which his father believes has been made worse by the war.

But this little guy refuses to be held back.

Full of smiles and enthusiasm,
Mohammad refuses to be held back.

Mohammad enrolled in a UNHCR-supported school for the deaf after his family fled to Lebanon in 2016. Once he was fitted with a hearing aid, a world of sound — and joy and opportunity — opened up to him. At home, Mohammad is eager to continue his studies. When he comes home from school, “he doesn’t even have lunch. He takes off his shoes and he starts doing his homework,” says his father.

As we mark World Health Day on April 7, we recognize USA for UNHCR donors who ensure that people who have been forced to flee get the care they need. Refugees with kidney disease receive dialysis treatments. Infants and toddlers are vaccinated. Those struggling with trauma have access to mental health services. And children like Mohammad get specialized services and support.

"I'm not worried about Mohammad's future. I am doing the best I can to make him happy. And somehow, things always work out for him," his father explained.

Here’s how you can help…

Mohammad is among the millions of Syrian children who have never known their country at peace. Although their earliest memories have been shaped by war and exile, they are resilient and hopeful. You can give them the tools they need to rebuild their lives. Please join your fellow caring Americans by making your first monthly gift today.

Apr 4 2018
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