Kindness transcends everything
Kindness transcends everything. Abdullah, age ten, tells me, “I don’t like DASH!” Through an interpreter I am told DASH is ISIS. Ibtsam Ahmed Dawod, Abdullah’s mother from the province of Sinjar has been in the Harsham Camp for IDP’s (Internally displaced people) for more than two years.
She is 33 years old and lives with her husband and five children. Her husband suffered a stroke after leaving Sinjar, she believes the stress of losing everything, watching the bombing and total destruction of their home as well as their neighbors and friends’ homes coupled with having to escape and wondering how to care for the family caused the stroke.
I sit with Ibtsam and her children as she shows me medical reports and costs, medicine bottles that are empty and cannot be refilled because there is no money to do so. Her youngest daughter, Hanim, age two years and 8 months has required expensive tests including more than one MRI, she suffers from epilepsy…her medication bottle is one of the empty ones. Hanim also has problems with her legs making it difficult for her to walk, but she manages. Abdullah and his brother Omar, age seven, watched as ISIS brutally killed people, they suffer nightmares and cannot sleep.
This family is just one in a camp full of individuals who have been subjected to such pain and heartache, yet they willingly and openly spoke to me and beyond even that, I was offered water and juice from supplies they really can’t afford to give away as they need every bit, every crumb they can get their hands on to simply exist in this world. A cruel world it has been for them, but…kindness transcends everything.
I am not sure I will be able to sleep tonight just thinking about their story and seeing the faces of the children dancing through my head.