The Qadour family were living in Syria three years ago, when their house was destroyed by a shell dropped during the ongoing conflict. The house was set alight and the family’s two daughters Rahaf (6) and Qamar (4) were badly burned.
Journalist Caroline Hawley has been following the journey of the family and reports "Between them, the Qadour family has now had more than 20 operations – they have actually lost count". When Hawley first met Qamar, she refused to look at her reflection in the mirror because of the massive scarring on her face.
The family have moved to Jordan since the attack where they received medical attention from Medicins Sans Frontiers. Thankfully the two sisters have made progress in their recovery. They are now able to play with their friends and live a somewhat normal life but as Hawley reports "…they are nowhere near the end of the long road to recovery." Their future will no doubt include many more hospital visits but through the perseverance of their family and the work of organisations such as Medecins Sans Frontieres, Rahaf and Qamar will have some chance of a better future.
In the words of their father Abu Abdul Malik "Maybe when they grow up they’ll feel different from other girls. But thank God for the treatment they’ve had. There are lots of Syrians who need it and can’t get it."
This story is one of many highlighting the adversity which people across the world are facing on a daily basis. We were truly moved by it and have made donation to Medecins Sans Frontieres to show our support.
Excerpts taken from the article ‘Syria conflict: Qadour family’s scars begin to heal’, written by Caroline Hawley, published on www.bbc.com, January 6th 2015. For further reading we recommend 'The Smallest Victims: Syria's Children'.
Ding has made a contribution to Medecins Sans Frontieres to help the work which they are doing with families like the Qadours in Syria. For more information or to make a donation visit http://www.msf.ie/