“Before the accident Yara was a normal child who used to love to laugh and play with her cousins,” her family tell us. Yara is a shy two-year old, who looks out the window the entire way through her meeting with INARA staff.
The noise of the traffic makes her jump, especially the noise of loud engines, and tears begin to fill her eyes. “Ever since she was burnt, the noise of motorcycles and cars upset her,” they inform us.
Coming to Lebanon as refugees
The family have lived as refugees in Lebanon since 2012. “We were receiving threats in the area that we live,” Yara’s father Nader tells us. “I left by myself, hoping my family could stay and be ok. The war was new then and we didn’t know what to expect, or how violent it would end up becoming.”
But one day, their small village was bombed. “It was then that I decided that she could come and join me in Lebanon,” Nader explains.
The family live in a two-bedroom apartment, which they share with other family members. More than nine people live in this apartment. “It’s very difficult to provide appropriate living conditions for your family when you live in a place like Lebanon,” Nader says, sighing deeply as he says this.
The family house has no space for Yara to play. Where they live there are no parks for children and so the only place for her and the younger members of her family to play is just outside their home.
She was playing with her uncle, who is the same age as her. He pushed Yara and she fell into a motorcycle that was parked just outside their home where the children play. The engine was still hot and she fell right onto it, hands first.
“I was inside when I heard her screams of pain,” Nader tells us. They rushed her to the nearest pharmacy, unaware of how bad the burns were because Yara refused to open her hand. The pharmacist informed them that the injury was very severe, and told them to go to the Lebanese Red Cross.
For two weeks, the family would take Yara every single day to the Red Cross to get treatment.
The family were referred to INARA by the Red Cross as she needed a surgery to release a retraction of her fingers. The family couldn’t afford to pay for the treatment themselves, and so they knew they would need some help. We brought Yara in to meet our doctors at the American University of Beirut Medical Center (AUBMC). Doctors explained that she would need a simple scar release surgery on her fingers.
This is a huge relief for the family whose two-year old daughter they had high hopes for. They dream that she will be able to pursue her education and go to college. “We want her to be a successful woman in the future,” they say, beaming with pride as they look at her.
“I want to thank the people who donated to provide Yara with her surgery,” Nader tells us. “I wish all the best things for them.”
UNICEF are contributing towards Yara's treatment.