Abeer 7, Aminah 10, Mohamed 9 and Naser 12 haven’t gone outside or played with other children outside the family since 2015. That was the year their village in the north of Yemen was carpet-bombed by military airplanes in the 2015 war that left hundreds of thousands of civilians dead, maimed, or on the brink of starvation.
For Mohamed, the conflict exacted a cruel price. Shortly after the bombing, all four kids developed invasive malignant tumors that disfigured their faces, leaving them with crusted, bleeding bubbles all over their faces. And while the cancer continues to threaten their long-term survival, their disfigured faces also mean they can’t go to school, play with other kids or have even a tiny sliver of normalcy in their young lives.
Their father - who is their only caretaker - moved the children to Sanaa where they had at least a hope of receiving whatever limited treatment options exist in a war-ravaged country. But 7 years of war have left Yemen with painfully little to offer to young patients like Abeer, Amniah, Mohamed and Naser, even as these options are available in other countries.
Mohammed’s and Aminah’s father - who is struggling to provide for his children - has located a hospital willing to offer treatment to his children. Undergoing this treatment offers his children a promise of healing and living a normal life where they can go to school, develop friendships, enjoy the outdoors and have the hopes and dreams other children take for granted.
But the treatment, even with the discounts and subsidies, will cost over $50,000 - an insurmountable sum for a father of four struggling to stay afloat in Sanaa. That’s why we are asking you, in this season of giving, to give whatever you can to help Abeer, Aminah, Mohamed and Naser to start a path to recovery.
No child deserves to be crushed by her injuries, to be afraid of looking at other kids, or to live in isolation - especially when medical science already has a proven way to help. Please donate what you can to help these young kids get treatment so they can live like children again.
Donations over $100 will receive a t-shirt. Address must be in US.