Families in August
Aadel Dib Al Hana
Sihame Abdoush has three children and is originally from Homs. She now lives in Damascus with her husband who is unemployed.
The couple have a girl and two boys. The daughter is married and has left home to go and live with her husband. One of the boys has been serving in the military in Damascus for eight years and returns home regularly on leave. The second son has fled Damascus and currently no-one knows where he is.
On 27th February 2012 the family fled Homs due to the conflict to find refuge in Jaramana, a suburb of Damascus, where they were able to rent a small apartment in Kachkoul for six months. Because the owner wanted to retake possession of this apartment, the family had to move to another apartment in Dweila, another suburb of the Syrian capital. They are still living there but the rent is very costly for them.
About a year ago the mother of the family, Sihame Abdoush, suffered from cirrhosis of the liver. She spent three months in hospital but had to move on three occasions in order to attend a more specialised hospital. There were some medical complications and her œsophagus became blocked leading to encephalitis, an inflammation of the brain.
Following these complications, Sihame Abdoush has had to undergo an operation for partial removal of the oesophagus. She has now returned home but must follow a rigorous treatment which is very expensive requiring the family to borrow a lot of money.
In this context, aid from Coup de Pouce will be invaluable for her family in order to pay for the medical treatment she must undergo every month, without which her health would be seriously compromised.
Maher Rabeh Othman
Maher Rabeh Othman is 36 years old and originally from Damascus. He studied commerce and economics at the University of Damascus and his first job was in the stock exchange sector in the capital. Between 2010 and 2012 he was employed as Finance Director at the Syrian Investment House, which was forced to close in 2012.
Having lost his employment, Maher had to leave Damascus to go and live with his parents in the small town of Haouach 200 km away, where his brother and younger sister also live. His father is 58 years old and works as a tailor; his mother no longer works. His young sister is studying at the university, as well as his brother who is studying French litterature.
Maher has had to seek employment in Haouach. He is currently working as a storeman in a warehouse close to the town of his parents. He earns a reasonable wage, all of which goes back to his family.
Recently Maher has been diagnosed with colon cancer and has had to have an operation to remove approximately 25cm of his colon. His doctors say he now needs 12 chemotherapy sessions and four radiation therapy sessions to be spread over a six-month period, with one session every 21 days.
Maher has already commenced the chemotherapy treatments but the medicines are evidently very expensive, especially as the Syrian public hospitals are not equipped for this type of treatment. He must therefore seek private clinics who import the medicines from overseas which is very costly. He has already paid for the first chemotherapy treatment but unfortunately has no more money to pay for the following 11 sessions.
Aid from Coup de Pouce will therefore be essential to enable Maher Rabeh Othman to pay for his treatment and thus have a chance to recover.
In August Coup de Pouce collected your donations amounting to a total of CHF2,000. Therefore, as a result of your generosity, aid has been able to be given to Sihame Abdoush and Maher Rabeh who have each received the equivalent of CHF1,000.