Kamar (24) and her daughter Israa (2) in Greece, 2016.
“I moved to Aleppo when I got married. We began to receive threats and the fighting became more intense so we moved to Idlib. Our house was bombed many times. We were only able to live in about 50% of the house as the rest was so damaged.
My youngest daughter was seriously injured by one of the bombs. She suffered a wound to her left shoulder. My husband and I took her to the hospital but it was was crowded with people and we had to push through to see a doctor. The doctors told us that we must go to a town near Aleppo to get the medicine that she needed. There was not much that could be done to treat the wound until the medicine was obtained.
We were told to take my daughter home while we waited for my husband to get the medicine. My daughter was in so much pain, she was screaming. My husband went to try to get the medicine but was kidnapped. He was held for several months and when he was set free he suffered from psychological problems.
Because my husband was kidnapped, my daughter did not receive the medicine that she needed and her wound became rotten. There was nothing that the hospital could do and so my daughters and I traveled to a camp in the countryside outside the city. This camp was where the rest of my family were living. My mother, father, four sisters, four brothers, my two daughters and I lived in the camp for around five months and there were no doctors, only nurses. My daughter lived with me in the tent. I would take her to the field hospital twice a week. They would change my daughter’s dressing and sometimes they would throw the dead parts of my daughter’s flesh away, but could not do anything else to help her. I had a prescription for pain relief but they did not have any medication. She had no pain relief.
When my husband was released he was told that we had been killed in the bombing. He was found out we had survived and were living in the camp outside the city and he came and found us. He saw how sick my daughter had become and we decided that he had to take her to Europe for medical treatment. We thought that if she did not receive medical treatment, she might not survive. We did not have enough money for me and my other daughter to travel with them so they left without us.
After my husband and daughter left Syria, my other daughter and I were all alone. Because I was a woman living alone I was harassed and threatened by the militia. On one occasion I was held at gunpoint. I was very scared. My husband told that I must join him and our daughter in Germany as my daughter is dead emotionally and cannot be without her mother. So I left Syria with our younger daughter.
On our journey we slept in mosques and city parks. The smugglers stole my money. When the boat left Turkey, the Turkish police shot at us with snipers. It was terrifying I thought that my daughter and I would be killed. Luckily, no one was hurt and we arrived in Chios.”
Kamar and her daughter are currently living in a container with eight other strangers while the family works on legal reunification to Germany. There is no door to the container causing frigid conditions. Kamar is very concerned for the health of Israa, as she is not getting the nutrition needed for a two year old. Additionally, her oldest daughter and husband in Germany are always on her mind.”
Rent (and deposit) – $330 x 6 months
Deposit – $330
Food stipend – $220 x 6 months
Utilities – $55 x 6 months
Escrow fee – n/a
International wire fee – $22
Other expenses (realtor fee, bus fees, etc) – $363
Total (USD): $4345