Jalal was badly injured just three months ago, when he found a landmine near his home in Syria. The family lived in a heavily contested area, which saw many different battles over recent years. The young boy didn’t understand what the object was, and when he went close to it, it exploded, knocking him back.
Since the accident
Ever since the landmine exploded, Jalal has been in need of treatment. Considering a landmine exploded next to him, Jalal escaped with very few injuries. However, his hand was badly burnt. Physically he is able to hold things in his hand, but it is getting increasingly difficult for him to control the movement of his fingers.
After the accident his family immediately took him to a field hospital, where they cleaned the wound and changed the dressing. With hospitals in Syria so overwhelmed with so many injured people, the field hospital couldn’t do much more to help Jalal.
The family tried to find further treatment for their son, but all the hospitals near to them had been destroyed in the war. “That was when we realized we needed to leave Syria,” his mother told us. “I had to find a way to get my son the treatment he needed, and Lebanon was the nearest country for us to come to.”
Coming to Lebanon
Since the family arrived in Lebanon, they have been surprised by how expensive it is for them as refugees. “Lebanon is such an expensive country to live in,” complained his mother. The family live in the north of Lebanon, in a house that both parents agree isn’t fit for living. Both parents are currently trying to find work, but with so many refugees in Lebanon trying to find work, it’s been a struggle for both of them.
When the family registered with UNHCR when they came to Lebanon, they were told by someone there to contact INARA about Jalal’s hand. We brought him in to meet our doctors at the American University of Beirut Medical Center (AUBMC), where they explained that he would need a scar release surgery on two of his fingers to free up the movement on his hand.
Jalal had his surgery at the end of November and it was a success. Since then, he has been coming into AUBMC for regular follow ups, and doctors are positive that he is healing well.
“I want nothing but good things for my son”
Jalal has changed a lot after the accident. He’s become much more introverted, and tends to shy away from playing with other children. “He’s only confident with his siblings,” his mother explains.
His mother has high hopes for her young son, especially given the horrors that they have lived through in Syria. “I want nothing but good things for my son from now on,” she tells us shortly after his surgery, relief in her eyes.
UNICEF contributed towards Jalal's treatment.