Mohammed is the Syrian boy you see smiling in this photo, when he was 11 years old (he is now 15). Having escaped from Syria at war with his large family, he lives along the Turkish-Syrian border, in a tent, in a spontaneous refugee camp. When SSCh met him, on the occasion of the first mission in October 2014, he was seriously ill: his illness, diagnosed by the Italian doctor who came on that mission with the SSCh team, despite being very serious, was curable, but unfortunately his family could not provide. The necessary medicines for the first month were provided and in doing so his life was saved. As soon as they returned to Italy, a fundraiser was set up so that in November 2014, during SSCh’s second mission, more medicines could be brought to him and his treatment could be extended. In February 2015, during the third mission, the disease was still active and the boy’s health was increasingly compromised. SSCh took action and arranged for clinical tests to be carried out at the nearest hospital. All this was possible thanks to many supporters who believed in SSCh, and to the extraordinary contribution of the Mahmud Committee.
Our project: a new life for Mohammed and his family
Following medical tests, the boy was diagnosed with serious kidney and liver problems. Not only was treatment essential but also living in a healthy environment. It is therefore impossible to live in the camp, under a tent, without any hygienic and health service. In 2015, during the summer mission, suitable accommodation was identified in a rented house, far from the camp, but close to the hospital. The project supported by SSCh was to guarantee him the opportunity to receive treatment, staying in a decent home with his family, supporting his daily and extraordinary needs due to his sick condition.