You’ve heard millions of stories like mine before. Nearly a decade ago, a war tore apart a beautiful country known for its rich culture and heritage. That country is Syria, my country.
When the volatile regime of Bashar Al-Assad pillaged and destroyed the country, I, like many of my fellow freedom fighters fought back. In 2013, that resulted in my imprisonment for 7 days in the harsh winters of Aleppo, Syria. The prison guards sexually abused and tortured me for hours and forced me to watch the slaughter of other prisoners. Although I was fortunate to have been released by a friend, my stint at the prison severely traumatized me to this day.
Soon enough, I fled Syria’s exacerbating conditions to continue my studies in Malaysia, where I’m currently an undergraduate student of Physiotherapy at the International Islamic University of Malaysia.
My life gradually took a turn towards a more hopeful and free future but not for long. Being a Syrian on foreign soil comes with a lot of personal and financial obstacles. For a student, the restrictions are manifold: shutdowns of bank accounts without notice, locked out of Western Union transfers and random police checks on the roads. As much as I’d like to believe my right to study and live a hassle-free life in Malaysia is convenient, it’s far from it.
Pre-Corona, most Syrians had a tough time finding jobs. The students aren’t even allowed to support themselves. In this pandemic, my financial situation is the worst it has ever been. For someone diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder, I’m unable to seek professional treatment because I simply can’t afford it. In other words, my financial means to cover my tuition fees and renew my visas is little to none as well.
If I fail to meet the visa renewal deadline or pay my tuition fees for my final year, I will be immediately deported to a country out to persecute and maim any Syrian returnee.
My safety is at great risk here. The purpose for the fundraiser is for you to save me from dying at the hands of the Syrian despot and help me complete my university education that has been halted for years.
With your donations, my main objective is to become an accomplished physiotherapist to aid war victims who lost body parts. The science of prosthesis (artificial limb replacement) is unavailable in most Arab nations and my long-term vision is to bring that to survivors of these wars who need it most. Your support will not only help me to safety and achieve my degree but also pave a new path for war victims from Syria, Yemen, Palestine and more to start a new chapter of their lives with full access to physiotherapy.
I implore you to donate funds to meet my educational and medical daily needs by chipping in any amount so I can go on to using my degree to the advantage of refugees and survivors from all over.
100% of the funds will cover the following:
RM7,950 = Outstanding tuition fees
RM16,000 = Remaining tuition fees (3 semesters)
RM1, 200 = Visa renewal package
RM8,000 = Psychological treatments
I will provide regular updates about my progress until reaching my funding target.
If you have any questions about this crowdfunding campaign or would like to know how you can help further, please email me at [email protected]