I’m Mohammed, a Palestinian from Gaza based in Sweden and I cannot see very well because I have impaired in my two eyes cornea.
I moved to Sweden in December 2015 after struggling for months to get a permit to leave Gaza and live in Stockholm, a city full of life and, in its own charming way, bursting with contradictions. After years of living and working in Gaza, I wanted to commit myself to continue to be an active part of my new home and community. Thanks to the wonderful people I’m surrounded with, my journey has been a remarkable success, but also a near constant source of anxiety and fear that I cannot see very well.
You’d think someone who grew surrounded by war could survive anything, but the pressure of being a foreign inhabitant from Gaza in a place likeSweden should not be underestimated..
Ever since arriving in Stockholm, I’ve carried the ever-present worries associated with being far away from a home that’s constantly under the threat of another war. I’ve also had to confront the individual and collective traumas of being a visually impaired from Gaza, and to cope with living in an expensive city like Stockholm.
My employment options are limited but I worked hard to finally secure a work at a restaurant there. At first, I was paid $11h, which barely covered my rent and living expenses. My wage was cut twice due to budget issues and I eventually had to look for another job. So still, I was barely able to pay my bills due to limited hours.
None of this was a reason for me to stop working more and more to obtain a better life and be a good citizen in a good community like Stockholm;therefore my visual impaired causes many obstacles to me to confront my daily life with my disability. However, I believe that there is so much to contribute, but the hardest is to find a source of income to pay for my surgery has been impossible. Being from Gaza, my family is busy trying to keep afloat themselves. My brothers, who are scattered across the world, are also struggling to find ways and means to survive. My family is still in Gaza, where more than a decade of siege has crippled the economy, and government wage cuts coupled with UN aid cuts are making everyone’s life so much harder.
I’m writing to ask for your help, If I can’t pay my surgery fees and pay to doctor by January, I won’t be able to see any more, but in low percent.
By January, I need to raise a total of $10,200, half for each eye:
at the end of the year I wish it is a time of giving, of health and of love. Your support will help me get the medication I need.
I believe I have more to give here, and your help in doing that means the world to me. Please donate/share with your network and let me know if you have any questions.
From heart to heart, thank you.