I started communicating with Yousef (Jeff) Atrash on a social media site. I learned that he lived in Silwan, Jerusalem in a very poor Palestinian neighborhood with his mother who was dying of heart issues. Yousef couldn't afford to pay the hospital, so they were just keeping her comfortable until he could pay for the surgery or until she died. He asked me if I could contribute any money because he was all out of options. At first I thought it was a scam, but after much prayer, I decided to help out. His mom was able to get the surgery that she needed and started to recover. I learned that Yousef and his mother were impoverished. In order to make ends meet she would sew for families. Jeff would look for jobs every day but could not find employment. His father left his family for another woman and left them poor and desolate. His father died three years ago and the second wife took over the family businesses. He and his younger brother Muhammed (Moddy) were both born in Lebanon, but after the father left them, the mother moved back to Israel. Jeff followed his mother to Israel and his brother Moddy traveled with his uncle to Syria.
Food and hospital expenses were not affordable where Jeff lived and he couldn't afford to care for himself or his mother. I even researched charities that would be able to assist Jeff and his mom but found no assistance. I even looked to see if there were any government benefits for them, but no one would call me back. Jeff even sold a lot of essential items in the home to try and pay for his mother's medical expenses. I tried to help as much as possible with food and hospital expenses but eventually his mother died of heart complications. Jeff buried her in Jordan. At this point he wasn't sure if his brother was alive or dead because of the Syrian conflict. Eventually he heard from Moddy and learned that he fled from Syria into Turkey where he became a refugee.
After the death of Jeff's mom, I helped Jeff travel back to Lebanon to start a new life there. He found a job that gave him housing and food. A few months later, he heard that his brother was in a hospital in Turkey and was dying of heart complications and malnutrition. I financially assisted him to go to Turkey, get his brother, and bring him back to Lebanon. Moddy was able to have heart surgery and is now recovering. He still needs funds for medicine and food. I'm reaching out to the international community for assistance because I've tried the best I could to assist this family financially for over a year and a half, but I cannot afford to any longer. This family has been through so much and I just want Moddy to have a successful recovery and healthy food to eat. I don't have any photos of the family and I've never met them. I communicate with Jeff on whatsapp. I've been transferring funds to them via western union because they don't have a bank account. If you decide to contribute, the funds would be sent to my bank account and I would then transfer them to Jeff via western union. I've grown very attached to this family and it burdens my heart that I can no longer assist them. I wouldn't reach out for help if I didn't have any other options. I don't want the brother to die of heart complications like the mother did; he's only 19 years old. I'm sure some people will think this family has been lying to me all this time, but in my heart I know they're telling me the truth even though I've never met them. I just want to make sure I've tried every avenue to assist them. Any assistance you can provide would be such a blessing.