Abd al-Rahman, two and half years old, displaced by the war, orphaned by the earthquake
Abd al-Rahman lost several members of his family in the earthquake on 6 February and was himself seriously injured. Two months later, he is still in one of HI’s partner hospitals in northwest Syria.
The little boy is suffering from multiple fractures and contusions. | © HI
For nearly two months, every night and every morning when he wakes up with the photo of his parents clutched in his hand, Abd al- Rahman cries or screams with pain so intense that not even Fatima, his grandmother, can sooth him.
Fatima breathes deeply as she tell us about that night of 6 February 2023, anxious not to break down in front of her grandson.
Abd al-Rahman was rescued by local residents before being rushed to hospital by rescue workers. He has fractures in his right leg and left thigh. He also has damage to his kidney and extensive bruising.
HI's partner health professionals have been providing him with physical and functional rehabilitation since the beginning of his hospitalisation, and a daily appointment with a psychologist. It will take him several weeks, or even months, to recover.
Like nearly 7 million other Syrians, Abd al-Rahman's family were forced to flee their village because of the violence. They settled some 60 kilometres away in the town of Jenderes, in northwestern Syria.