Nouha Al Darwish and Marie-Joseph Khoury
Nouha Al Darwish, born in 1969, and Marie-Joseph Khoury, born in 1963, both lived in Homs until 2011. Nouha worked as a teacher in the computer industry while her husband was employed in a bookshop.
During the year 2011 they had to leave Homs because of the war and they moved to Azeer in the mountains. They rented an apartment and stayed there from 2011 to 2014. In the meantime, their home in Homs had been totally destroyed by the bombing. Despite this, Nouha and Marie-Joseph returned to Homs in 2015 to work in a professional capacity.
Unfortunately, in June 2015 Nouha became unwell and medical tests revealed that she
had contracted breast cancer. In the following six months she underwent chemo and radiotherapy treatment. After a short remission, she suffered a relapse in 2019 with the appearance of metastases which led her to begin a new treatment which required hospitalisation. Moreover, Marie-Joseph left his wife in 2019, no doubt due to the deterioration of their financial situation.
In these circumstances, aid from Coup de Pouce will enable the continuation of the treatment needed by Nouha, taking into account the enormous difficulties encountered in obtaining the medicines which have become very expensive and beyond the purchasing power of the local population.