| Dec 22, 2015
“I am too old to dream. I just want to go back to Syria, my homeland.”
Just three years ago, Foza had a home and farm that kept her happy and busy. She felt safe. She felt free.
Then the bombs came. When her hometown, Homs, was destroyed, there were bombs everywhere. One of her relatives was killed. Her neighbor was killed. The bombs destroyed everything.
After the attack, Foza fled with her family to the settlement camps in Lebanon. In 2012, when she arrived, the camp was a miserable place. Her home had been safe—the tent she now shared with relatives easily flooded, doing little too protect her from summer’s heat and winter’s freezing temperatures. Disease and hunger were so common, and everyone—even the children—were haunted by the awful war.
She felt overwhelmed by stress, fear and depression. She didn’t understand how she was supposed to survive in this new life. She began suffering from dizziness and felt sick often. Everything felt difficult. She felt so miserable.
Now crippled, Foza is confined to her tent in the refugee settlement. You support makes sure doctors are there to give her the treatment-- and compassion-- she needs.
Then, one day, it got worse: Hit by a wave of dizziness, Foza fell to the floor. She was rushed to the hospital. There, she found out what was wrong: Low blood pressure, asthma and troubling leg problems, brought on by the fear and anxiety of the war and her new refugee life.
Soon, she was no longer able to walk at all. Already feeling trapped by her refugee status, she couldn’t believe that she would also now be confined to the thin walls of her tent.
Traveling to a clinic was next to impossible. However, with her health issues, it was vital that she receive frequent check-ups to make sure she was taking the right steps to keep her health in check.
Thankfully, your support has made sure Foza is not alone.
Every month, our doctor visits her tent in the refugee settlement in Lebanon to check in and make sure she is getting the care she needs to maintain her health. It can’t bring her mobility back, but it keeps her healthy—and serves as an important reminder that people care about her—her family, the doctor, and people like you who provide the care she needs to stay healthy.
Foza has lost a lot: Her friends, her home, her mobility, have all been taken by war. She’s depressed by her disability and how much it’s limited her life. Although there is no treatment for her heartbreak, your support is a reminder that her life has value.
You can make an impact on Syrian refugees this holiday:
- Donate to Medical Teams International to help women like Badra-- and families around the world-- receive the care they need to survive.
- Build a refugee care kit and it will go directly to Syrian families trying to survive as they seek refuge in Europe.Use #MTIkits to spread the word!
- Pray that there will be peace in Syria and that vulnerable children and families will survive the winter months.
- Spread the word on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.