Seven-year-old refugee child still struggling from burn
In the Kurdish province of Sulaimaniyah located in northern Iraq lies the refugee camp of Arabat. It is here that you can find Manaf Badi Kwan, a seven-year-old boy, one of five children who lives with his family and 1,300 other Internally displaced families, most of them from the Iraqi city of Sallahadin. The province of Sallahadin fell to ISIS in June 2014.
Two years ago, while playing among the wreckage with his friends, Manaf was suddenly engulfed by flames from a nearby container filled with petrol. Manaf and his friends were totally unaware of the danger they were in. Today, Manaf suffers from severe burns covering 21% of his body. The injury causes movement and balance impairment, especially in his neck and left shoulder.
A study done by clinicians in Turkey stated, “The treatment of burns requires a multidisciplinary approach, …and it is expensive. The main components of treatment are surgical intervention, …nutrition, and rehabilitation.” At a time when most seven-year-old children are attending primary school, playing outside in their respective schoolyards, having a healthy dinner and are carefree, Manaf is in permanent and debilitating pain. He suffers every minute of every day. In fact, sleepless nights spent in excruciating pain have severely limited this young child.
He cannot function as other children do, he cannot enjoy the things children enjoy, even the simple pleasure of kicking up dirt that surrounds these camps and his small tent is of little interest to Manaf. He is in such pain all enjoyment is gone. Imagine being seven and looking forward to, well, nothing, because pain has overwhelmed and dampened your life. This young boy cries for help.
According to his father, Mr. Badi, Manaf might have an opportunity to be treated with a form of skin transplantation in a private hospital locally, but since his family suffers from significant financial shortages, they cannot afford any plastic surgery for him.
Manaf is one of thousands of refugee children, who suffer from injuries. These children do not receive proper treatment because of the family’s inability to cover medical costs. Bring Hope Humanitarian Foundation (BHHF) struggles to help as many of these children as possible by covering their costs. But BHHF’s financial capacity is also limited meaning only a fraction of those in need receive the care they deserve.
The Turkish clinical study also found, “A burn center must be well equipped, and it also requires the collaboration of various specialists, including general surgeons, plastic and reconstructive surgeons, infectious disease specialists, anesthetists, dieticians, psychologists, pediatricians, physiotherapists, microbiologists, and epidemiologists.” In large scale “tent” cities where the unfortunate crisis of displaced persons reside these specialists and sufficient care providers do not exist.
BHHF needs your support to ease the building pressure of lack of physical care that engulfs the refugees which when added to the already existing conditions of poverty, malnutrition and clothing shortages put human suffering at an almost indescribable crisis of despair.