IsraAID’s staff in northern Greece is working with children like 7-year-old Waleed who have suffered the loss of a family member and have witnessed massacres and wars in their home towns in Syria.
(Communicated by IsraAID)
Waleed, a 7-year-old child, led a normal life with his family in Syria up until the fighting in Syria began. A few months after ISIS entered Syria, Waleed’s father was kidnapped from their home by ISIS militants and Waleed was left with his mother, three sisters and an aunt.
Six month ago Waleed’s mother packed up some of their belongings and headed with one daughter for Germany. When she reached her destination and began preparing their new life, she reached out to her sister in Syria, asking her to take the other children and join them in the safety of Germany.
The aunt took Waleed and his two sisters and began the long, harsh trip through Syria and Turkey, from where they were smuggled on small boats to Lesvos, Greece. But after landing on the shores of Greece something dramatically changed. Waleed stopped talking and communicating with his surroundings; he remained completely silent for over a month and a half, until this week.
Yusef, IsraAID’s psyscho-social expert, took Waleed outside his family’s tent in the Diavata refugee camp near Thessaloniki in northern Greece and asked him to express his feelings by drawing what was on his mind. Today, the boy drew a picture of his his father, and suddenly opened up and started to talk again. Slowly and diligently IsraAID’s staff in northern Greece is working with Waleed and other children who have suffered the loss of a family member and have witnessed massacres and wars in their home towns.
In other IsraAID activity in the Diavata camp, the 6th Syrian baby, Omar Ashkar, was delivered by three IsraAID medical staff – Dr Monica Dhand, Abed Abedelwadud and Dr Roee Iluz.