Radwan – Finally Free From ISIS
Meet little Radwan, when he was only 4 years old, he was separated from his family by Isis and held for 3 long years. Bring Hope Humanitarian Foundation learns many things, some so brutal it is hard to even imagine, this tiny boy has been subjected to things his family may never even begin to imagine and no one would dare think about.
We met him on our visit to Shariya Camp in May 2017, it was Radwan’s first day in camp after being reunited with his family. Shy at first, he did not want to make eye contact, nor speak. His family invited us into their home and we attempted to speak with him, but the trauma he experienced over the course of three years as captive with Isis has played a very brutal role in his communication, trust and ability to interact.
Tears filled my heart and flowed from my eyes listening to this story and watching Radwan try to be polite and do as was asked, yet, one could see his resistance, his fear and even his pain. Sitting with him and his family, he was finally coaxed to play a bit of football, and yes, even a glimmer of a smile did cross his face.
The story of Radwan, his endurance and ability to smile, even if only a second, will never leave me. His life will forever be shrouded in this experience. Patience and understanding will be required for years to come. Bring Hope will check on him periodically to watch his recovery and look for signs of healing.