Syrian War Wounded Look Forward to Returning Home
I promised my children I’d come home, and I will - Fatima*, From Dara’a, Syria
When an airstrike hit my house in the middle of the night I suffered shrapnel wounds and my legs were so badly damaged that one had to be amputated. I only found out about the amputation when I regained consciousness in a field hospital in Dara’a, Syria. Just two hours after waking up, I was discharged from hospital. As my home had been destroyed, I was taken to my relative’s house, where my children were staying. They had been there during the night of the bombing too, so they were safe.
Seeing my children again was the hardest part. I felt weak, disabled. The kids were frightened of me without my leg. My little boy was afraid of me. He’s just one and a half years old – I used to hug him and feed him, but the last time I saw him, he was scared and went to his aunt instead. After the amputation in Syria, I was taken across the border, to Ramtha, where I’ve had more surgery. I’m also currently undergoing physiotherapy for a prosthesis. I have three children, aged nine, eight and one and a half. Now I’m in Ramtha, Jordan being treated, while my children are still in Syria. I can’t stop thinking about getting back to them, I don’t know how they are doing or if anything will happen to them. I am improving with physiotherapy and getting stronger everyday, but I will only return home when I am strong enough to walk and take care of my children. People ask me where I find my strength, but my body is more than just my leg. I must be strong for my children. I must not give in to despair – this injury will not destroy me. I promised my children I’d come home, and I will.