That day at 05:00 am a bomb exploded near Aisha’s home, her father knew that a barrel bomb will come after this explosion so he ran to his 3 children and jumped over them to cover them so they will not get injured by the next explosion. “We heard a strong explosion; we knew it was near our home and that a barrel bomb will hit our home soon, so I ran and jumped over my children to protect them, I would sacrifice my life for the sake of their safety, then a barrel bomb fell on our home and destroyed it partially but Alhamdulillah my children were not injured by the bomb, but Aisha’s spine was twisted because I jumped over her.” Said Aisha’s father. After their home has been destroyed Aisha and her family went to her grandmother home which is near to them, but all the area was not safe so they kept displacing inside Aleppo from one place to another for one year until they came to Lebanon to seek safety. At the end of 2012 Aisha came to Lebanon with her family with a severe disability, she was not able to walk or move her legs and she couldn’t get any treatment in Syria because of the situation. In Lebanon, her father searched for organizations to help her to get treatment but he couldn’t find anyone to help them, he was unemployed so he couldn’t take her to private clinics because this will coast him a lot of money. Aisha stayed two years without any treatment and her spinal malformation has paralyzed her movements and deprived her from practicing her normal life and going to school. In October 2014, Islamic Relief Lebanon launched a project to help disabled Syrian children in North Lebanon; one of the local organizations who worked with Islamic Relief reported Aisha’s case to the project officer so the team went to her house to assess her needs. The needs assessment revealed that Aisha needs an urgent support so Islamic Relief referred her to a specialist, who provided her with orthopedic consultation; the specialist recommended physiotherapy for Aisha and she has to wear a medical boot until she becomes 15 years. Aisha started going to a center that provides her with physiotherapy sessions, after a year of treatment Aisha has recovered 40% to 50% and she is still improving. “When we came to Lebanon Aisha was not able to walk but after she started her treatment she walked and her health improved by 50%, Islamic Relief also provided her with two medical boots which will last with her for one year because the doctor said she has to change the boots every 6 months.” Aisha’s father added. Aisha is now 10 years old; she still has 5 years of treatment according to the doctor’s reports. With the help of Islamic Relief project Aisha was able to walk again and to practice her normal life like any child. “The most important thing that happened to me is going to school again, I was afraid not to go to school after being disabled in Syria, but now I am getting better and I will walk and walk to reach my dreams, I only have one fear that my health get worse when the project ends because my father doesn’t have money to pay for my treatment, I hope Islamic Relief would continue supporting me to get better, I don’t want to be disabled again.” Said Aisha. Aisha is one of other 14,000 disabled Syrian refugees in Lebanon who most of them are left without any support.
Islamic Relief has provided Aisha with physiotherapy sessions, orthopedic consultation, 2 medical boots and eye glasses.