Hozaifa is paralysed after a bomb attack in Syria and was getting no medical help after a metal plate broke in his back.  But a Swedish donation made his surgery possible. He is finally relieved of terrible pain and a what would have been a bedridden life.
Hozaifa is paralysed after a bomb attack in Syria and was getting no medical help after a metal plate broke in his back. But a Swedish donation made his surgery possible. He is finally relieved of terrible pain and a what would have been a bedridden life. Foto: Lars Pehrson

Paralyzed by Syrian bomb - helped by Swedish donation

Paralyzed after a bomb attack, he fled Syria on the back of a donkey. But today, after a year of pain and anguish, Syrian teenager Hozaifa is looking toward a brighter future thanks to donations from the readers of the Swedish daily newspaper Svenska Dagbladet (SvD).

”My son has not only been helped with the pain. He has received a new life”, his mother Maysa told SvD in the Beqaa Valley.

The story of Hozaifa is a glimmer of individual hope in the midst of Syria's refugee crisis.

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MEETING HOZAIFA

Heavy rain clouds cast shadows over the muddy fields of the Beqaa Valley when I met Hozaifa for the first time in March. Sitting on the dirt floor in his tent, I heard the 17-year-old's story. How everything went suddenly black on that morning in May 2016 when the bomb fell just as he was just preparing to go to school in Idlib. How he woke up in the hospital and learned that he had been paralyzed from the waist down.