12-year-old Samir receives life changing treatment in India
In the Kurdish province of Sulaymaniyah lies Rizgari refugee camp where Samir lives in a tent with his family. He and his family are originally from the Iraqi province of Salladin. Approximately 2300 families live in this camp along with Samir and his family. When Dr. Mariwan Baker, the President and Founder of Bring Hope Humanitarian Foundation (BHHF), visited Rizgari camp he learned that 12-year-old Samir was suffering from a debilitating burn over 37% of his body. Suffering daily and in continuous pain Samir had no treatment options available to him, at least not locally.
Dr. Baker, through his organization BHHF, made the decision to step in on behalf of Samir and found treatment sources willing to help him in India. In May 2016, an apprehensive Samir was transported to India where he received multiple surgeries for his extensive injuries. Happily, Samir, after two weeks of skin grafts and additional attention to his injured body, has regained his stability and his gait balance has improved exponentially.
He walks with better mobility now and his joy is boundless. Samir stated to Dr. Baker, “Now I sleep without pain, I am calm and I am so grateful to BHHF for their help. I have been given back a normal life because of BHHF. I always dreamt of becoming whole again, God Bless BHHF, they gave me courage to receive help and other children who are still suffering from continuous pain also receive the courage they need by seeing how my pain has turned to joy.” On a recent visit to Rizgari camp in June 2016, Dr. Baker visited Samir and his family and witnessed his miraculous improvement in stability and mobility. BHHF ensured the needed treatment and surgical costs were provided for Samir, all expenses were covered by BHHF.
Hundreds of refugee children suffer every day, they require treatment abroad for problems and conditions which cannot be treated locally. Samir was but one child who received treatment because BHHF not only covered all costs associated with his treatment but also because BHHF has and maintains excellent contacts locally and in India to facilitate care for those most in need. However, BHHF regards addressing proper treatment for suffering children a priority targeted project which is an on-going struggle and while outcomes may be priceless, treatment costs are very real.
BHHF seeks collaborators to aid in this priority project, helping more children requires raising additional funds. While BHHF has exceptional contacts with other foundations in Europe, specifically the UK, Germany, the Netherlands and many others, additional help and funding is need from both Europe and the United States.