Life in Halab for Hasan and his family was interrupted when the Syria war broke out. Their little daughter, Mayyar, was also diagnosed with a rare heart disease. With the war tearing the country apart leaving only 50% of the healthcare facilities working, Hasan and his wife, Roba, had no other choice but to flee to Turkey and joined the 3.6 million Syrian refugees living there.
To ensure Mayyar is doing well, Hasan has to make monthly trips to Istanbul for her regular check-ups. With the help of the Danish Refugee Council’s (DRC) case management team, and with funding from the European Union Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations (ECHO), monthly flights to Istanbul were booked for Mayyar and Hasan. The little girl is getting better by the day and wishes to be able to enrolled in school sometime in the future.
After spending six years in refuge, Hasan would love to go back to Syria and his home there. However, until he makes sure his daughter is alright, he does not believe he will be returning any time soon. “I need to make sure my little girl is healthy. Her mother and I are very attached to her and cannot risk losing her,” he said.
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