She didn’t have time to grab her favorite doll. War was closing in on her home in Syria. Shama’s whole family piled onto a single motorbike and braved death for a chance to escape ISIS. Their only shelter was an empty shed. The war in Syria can be overwhelming—but sometimes all we need is a “first face” like Shama’s to put it into perspective.
As the bomb fell, Khalida threw herself over her children. The airstrike took her home… and her leg. But Khalida is fierce. As they rushed her to the hospital, she held the tourniquet herself. She’ll never let go of her dream to return home, open her own shop, and provide for her family. This is how we turn imagination into reality.
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