Imagine being told that you carry an inherited blood disorder requiring constant treatment. Now, imagine if you are a refugee, living in a refugee camp and you have this disorder. Now imagine you are just 13 years old, have thalassemia and live in a refugee camp. Contemplate this for just one minute. I cannot speak for everyone out there, I can only speak for myself, but when I was 13 years old, the last thing I could even imagine was being told I had such a blood disorder, let alone think about living in the type of conditions young refugee girls must endure. Thalassemia is an inherited blood disorder in which the body makes an abnormal form of hemoglobin. Hemoglobin is the protein molecule in red blood cells that carry oxygen. The disorder results in excessive destruction of red blood cells, which leads to anemia. Anemia is a condition in which your body doesn’t have enough normal, healthy red blood cells.
On 12 July 2017 Bring Hope Humanitarian Foundation met Nozhin Sabah Faruq at the Higher Council Thalassemia – Kurdistan, home to the Erbil Thalassimia Society. Nozhin tells Bring Hope that she lives with her family. She has one sister and three brothers and only one brother doesn’t have thalassemia. She says she has “bad health” and every month she needs to visit the hospital for blood transfusions. “I need more help,” says Nozhin. “I feel happy when I receive gifts and help from humanitarian organizations” she continues. “I want to become a doctor when I grow up and help treat the children like me who have thalassemia,” says Nozhin. She is very good in school and her teachers say “she is an amazing girl with a beautiful heart.”
Bring Hope Humanitarian Foundation delivered packages filled with clothes and toys together with some furniture to the Higher Council Thalassemia Society worth approximately $461,000 as a continuing effort of our Mosul Operation begun in October 2016. The children have expressed an interest in learning languages and being able to draw, so Bring Hope will consider how best to accommodate the requests of these very special children and the staff who help them. If you would like to help, see bringhope.info