In the heat of May 2017, we were able to bring humanitarian aid to Jordan in the refugee camps of Al Mafraq, on the outskirts of Amman and finally to Zaatari. A total of 191 families were counted in poverty and discomfort.


This time with us came Dr. Andolina who for years has been a volunteer in war areas, Luigi Lapi who will become one of the most important people for the construction of a house for mothers in difficulty and orphans; Francesca Ghirardelli, journalist and writer, and Johanna Hauksdottir also came. Arianna Martini, who has traveled the streets for several years to bring help to the neediest children, coordinated the mission. We delivered water and food packages to all the families we met. Each package contained vegetables, rice, oil, salt, sugar, dried fruit and bottles of drinking water. Later, in Al Mafraq we delivered stationery for a school where Syrian children can find a form of normality in addition to education.

Although these people are proven by hunger, thirst and disease (as well as the psychological suffering caused by their condition), as always they have been welcoming and kind to us. Not only did they share the little food they had with us, but we shared smiles, emotions, cries and hugs.

Una volta tornati, è davvero doloroso pensare a quelle persone. Non ci si può spiegare come sia possibile che  a pochi chilometri da noi ci siano centinaia di bambini che soffrono, traumatizzati affamati e talvolta completamente soli. Nonostante questo però non ci faremo prendere dallo sconforto. Continueremo invece a lottare per far sì che anche questi bambini, queste persone abbiano una vita dignitosa. Oltre la preziosa scuola di Mafraq, cercheremo di realizzare una casa che ospiti orfani e mamme in difficoltà.

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In February 2017 we went to Iraq on our first mission there. The camp was situated
a few kilometers from Mosul. Wlile approaching the camp we could see, in the distance, the smoke and we could hear the sounds of war.

Someone, who works with our association, stayed there trying to understand
how we could help the thousands of people trapped there and that should be evacuated through the help of international organizations. By May, they say, everything will come to an end, and milion of people will need help and relief. Often we ask ourselves: ” why we went there”?
We already know the answer: ” there, too, there is need of assistance, just as in Turkey and Jordan where we will carry on with our missions.

In one of the Kurdish Yazidi refugee camps we found Elisa, the little girl you see in the picture, suffering from Epidermolysis bullosa. She is 3years old and lives in an organized refugee camp, one of those camps well structured, with proper, tidy tents, with access to drinking water. One of
those camps with the army at the entrance and soldiers on the boundaries. You can get in just if you have a Yazidi guide, if you do not speak Arabic and inside the camp it is forbidden to take photos (the only ones we took was at our risk and danger). Are organized camps better than the free, non official ones ? We are not sure. In the camp where little Elisa lives, the atmosphere is tense and unreal. You breathe the war climate even if the area is protected.

Not too far away, outside the organized camp, in a shanty town where some yazidi curdi live, we found Dilgash, he too suffering from Epidermolysis bullosa. His illness is very serious and he suffers a lot. He is only 9 years old and at night he is awakened by shooting pains that afflict his little body. Dilgash lives in a shack, one of many you find everywhere around. There, the living conditions are difficult to describe, they have nothing, no water, no food, no toilets. It is difficult to breath due to the stench.

Elisa and Dilgash do not know each other. They both escaped with their families from their villages. At least they still have  a family. During the short time passed in the camps, we have listen to terrifying, abominable stories, stories that bring back to the last century . Stories of mass graves, violence against women and children. Villages burned by Isis.  Stories of men forced to choose whether to convert to Islam or die. In this case they will be  executed in front of their wives and children.

We are not sure if the two children will survive. Marino Andolina , the  pediatrician, who is always with us during the missions, has strong doubts because,  being a genetic illness, it is in a very advanced state.

What we want to do is try  to relieve  their pain for the remaining time.

Will we be able  to operate Dilgash at least on the hands and feet and bring him a wheelchair so that he can move?

The mission was particularly heavy. We  arrive, we watch and then we go back home.  They remain there to suffer unimaginable pains.

Back to Italy with a heavy heart . We cannot  abandon them. We will be back soon! Once you have met them, it is difficult to forget their eyes full of pain, hope and strength.

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