Families in April
Issa Malek Kubrisi
Issa Malek and his brother George are 23 and 22 years old. Their father, Malek, died in 2010 from complications of diabetes. Their mother, Josephine, is currently 56 years old.
She used to work in a school cantine but it has now been closed and she is no longer employed.
After his father’s death, Issa left school at the end of sixth grade to work as a hairdresser. When he reached 18 he was recruited for military service. In May 2014 he was wounded in a mine explosion at Jobar near Damascus and had to have one of his legs amputated. Several months later, in November 2014, he was again wounded and had to have his other leg amputated. Following this, the hospital fitted him with protheses in order to give him some mobility.
With his brother involved in security, the income they currently receive is insufficient for the family to live on, even though they own their home which they acquired in Jaramana in 2008.
With the aid from Coup de Pouce, Issa plans to open a tattoo parlour which would enable him to work despite his handicap.
Rafif lived in the village of Rahganne with her husband and two children, a boy aged 9 and a girl aged 5. Her husband worked as a shepherd which sometimes took him away from the village while following his herd of sheep to their pastures.
When the confrontations reached their region, Rafif’s family had to leave to find refuge, initially in Iseriah. During this time, Rafif lost contact with her husband who had left for several days with his sheep. Following this, Rafif and her children moved from village to village fleeing the conflict until they reached a tent camp near Hama.
Today her family has nothing and desperately needs help with accommodation and the obtaining of essential supplies.