Beneficiary profile: Maher from Aleppo

Published: 15 January 2016 13:48 CET

“Alhamdulillah, Alhamdulillah,” repeats Maher, expressing gratitude for what he has, despite the despair that is clear to see in his eyes.

Two years ago, Maher fled Syria’s city of Aleppo together with his wife, son, and 87-year-old father, who is bedridden. After Maher had lost both his belongings and livelihood, the family was left with little choice but leave their home in search for safety.

For the first months, the family stayed in Zaatari refugee camp before trying to make a life for themselves outside. The family of four rents an old one-room apartment in Amman that costs 150 Jordanian dinars per month. Maher’s wife is the only person in the family currently working, and earns between 20 and 30 dinars a week cleaning stairs.

“I can’t work; I can’t move my right arm because of an illness. Every now and then I sell lupine beans on the streets. My son also has problems with his arms and has no work at the moment,” Maher explains.

Despite their health conditions, they can hardly afford even the most basic of treatments.

“We cannot get financial support for treatment. All I can afford are some creams to apply on my son’s arm and on mine. We cannot even afford painkillers for my father. All I can do is massage his legs with hot water and salt when his pain is unbearable.”

Maher relies on the 50 dinars (about 70 US dollars) a month he and his father receive from the Jordan National Red Crescent Society to pay the rent and buy some canned food.

“We are not receiving help from any humanitarian organization, party or group. Only the Red Crescent is there for us,” Maher shares.

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