13-year-old Mahmoud lives in war-torn Syria and suffers from cerebral palsy. His family of seven lived in the city of Maart until they were displaced by the ongoing war. They fled to Shamarikh Camp, where they currently live in a small tent in unstable conditions.
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), there are more than one billion disabled people in the world, making up approximately 15% of the world’s population. Figures of the number of disabled people in Syria are shocking. WHO reports 30,000 injuries each month, in addition to the 1.5 million people with permanent disabilities.
Much of the disabled population in Syria resides in overcrowded camps. Living in a war-torn country, these people lack the most basic necessities of life. SRD always strives to seek out these individuals, in order to relieve them and provide them with security.
When SRD’s field response team found Mahmoud’s tent in Shamarikh Camp, they could sense the deep depression his family was feeling, especially in Mahmoud, who could not even leave the tent. Mahmoud was in need of a wheelchair to simply move on his own. After assessing his needs, SRD provided the desperately-needed wheelchair to Mahmoud, along with other basic hygiene necessities. Upon discovering his passion for drawing, they also gifted him a basket of art supplies.
Mahmoud deserves the right to an education and a nurturing environment. SRD adopted Mahmoud into the case management program in order to offer him psychological support and necessary medication. We at SRD strive to alleviate the suffering of disabled Syrians, making their care a priority.