Kamel, his wife Lama, and their daughters Tiba (8) and Marwa (4).
Kamel was an employee of the Ministry of Education and small business owner before he and his wife Lama were forced to flee Iraq in September 2015. Facing political violence, the family was finally granted asylum in Turkey after weeks of living in hiding.
Tiba has autism and a very serious issue with one of the arteries in her brain. Despite having found work in carpentry, Kamel does not have the funds to give Tiba proper medical treatment or place her in a school that can accommodate her disability. He’s also worried that their home is impeding her healthy development.
Recently Kamel suffered and on-the-job accident when a large machine fell on his chest, breaking several of his ribs. He was hospitalized for a week, but his employer refused to assist in the payment of his medical bills. Since then, he has been in a constant search for a stable job.
Kamel and Lama are extremely concerned with their daughter’s medical condition and require assistance to pay for medical bills and food. They also hope to eventually move into a house more suitable for Tiba’s special needs.