Traumatized from bomber planes flying overhead, Ivan (5), Anas (6), Iywan (2) and their 14 year old cousin Shayar were forced to flee their home in Syria. Shayar’s parents had already fled to Germany and so he traveled along with his aunt, uncle and cousins.
First, they went to Turkey but they found no support. They arrived to Greece in February 2016, where they have remained in various refugee camps run by the Greek military. Seeing police officers or people in military uniforms exacerbates the severe PTSD that Ivan and Anas are suffering. They cry when they see police officers or people in a military uniform. They are also having bedwetting problems from the trauma they have suffered as well as dental issues from the lack of dental hygiene in the camps.
The boys have participated in some art therapy classes but need more sustained access to psychologists to address their trauma. Their mother is seeking a way out of the camp and a safe environment where her family can be cared for and protected.
Rent for apartment – $297 x 5 months
Deposit – $297
Food stipend – $330 x 5 months
Utilities – $55 x 5 months
Misc. Expenses – $341
Total (USD): $4,048