Marwan sustained serious injury to his left leg earlier last year when he was living in Mosul.  His father has died and so Marwan has no access to finance to fund anything in his life. Major surgery that saved his leg was organised by our friend, Darya Mustafa, in a private hospital in Erbil, paid for by donations that covered the USD5,000 cost for the surgery, physiotherapy, medication and X-rays. However, the condition of the leg continues to worsen, so his leg either needs to be amputated or undergo more surgery for internal fractures and cleaning. Total cost for the operation to save his leg, medication and checkups and his stay in a private hospital will be USD2,600.


Marwan needs a second operation on his leg.

Marwan continues to live in the Hassan Sham U2 camp since it opened last May.  Currently, Marwan is treated and cared for on a daily basis by the caring staff at the Adventisthelp/ADRA emergency field hospital in the camp.

The operation is required urgently to ensure that Marwan does not have his leg amputated.

Could you please help to financially support Marwan to have this operation and therefore ensure his future is a lot more positive.



Update Wednesday 28 February, 2018:

We are very saddened to know that Salwa’s new baby passed away earlier today.  Salwa has been removed from the hospital and returned to the camp 25kms east of Mosul.  I have asked our friend Darya Mustafa to ensure, if it is at all possible, that Salwa be admitted to the ADRA/Adventisthelp emergency field hospital in the adjoining camp.  I am concerned for her health following the caesarian and passing of her child.  Salwa will then be returned to her 4 young children in their tent.

Rest in Peace little one.

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Exciting news Tuesday 27 February, 2018:

Salwa gave birth (by caesarian operation lasting four hours) this morning to a dear little boy.  He is currently in the neo natal care unit which means that Salwa will not be discharged from Wilada hospital until later this week.  His photo is shown above.  We are so happy for Salwa that all is well, though she is very tired.  Giving thanks for new life today.

Update 19 February, 2018:

Our friend and team member, Darya Mustafa has managed to secure a FREE caesarian for Salwa in Wilada Hospital in Erbil.  Today I have sent USD200 and Darya is taking Salwa to the camp hospital for all her pre operation tests – virology, ultrasound, CBC, blood group and a welcome pack.  I will keep you up to date with her progress and birth.

By the way at 25 years of age she is about to give birth to her 5th child!


Salwa is 25 years old, mother to 3 small children and 8mths pregnant.  She and her family live in a tent in the Khazir Camp located 25 kms east of Mosul.

Darya Mustafa, our team member in Erbil, is overseeing the care of Salwa leading up to the birth of her new child and will ensure that she receives the best care.  Salwa requires a Caesarian operation on 28 February that will cost USD600.  Darya is attempting to find a doctor who will do the surgery for FREE.  There will be other costs – medical and food during her hospital stay and a taxi ride back to the camp from the hospital estimated to total USD130.

In March I will visit Salwa and her family in their tent and I will take clothes and toys for the children and something personal for Salwa.

Can you donate to help us ensure that Salwa has the planned Caesarian and receives the necessary medication, food, nappies and taxi ride?





Zahra is 7 years old and lives with her mother and brother in the Khazir camp 25 kms east of Mosul.  Zahra cannot hear, is not responding verbally and is becoming withdrawn which is impacting her education. She has been referred to Erbil twice and each time the doctor has said that she requires a hearing aid.

Zahra’s father left the family and is living in Mosul and will not support the family. Her mother has no income and is unable to pay for the hearing aid. Additionally, Zahra’s brother has been injured and requires leg surgery.  I will post a separate blog about her brother once we know more details and cost of his surgery.

The cost of the hearing aid will be a one off cost.  A cheap hearing aid will cost USD350 although it would be fantastic to purchase a good hearing aid but the cost is USD2200. Please help to restore the gift of hearing to Zahra by donating towards a hearing aid.

Thank you for taking the time to read Zahra’s story.







Aiyd is 14 months old and lives with his family in a tent at the Khazir camp located 25kms east of Mosul. He has a congenital disorder in the urinary system called a midshaft hypospadias. He needs surgery to restore normal function and appearance.

The surgery is now urgent because he has constant inflammation of his kidneys because he cannot urinate properly.

The surgery fee is USD900