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Supporting children with disabilities in Opatovac – Husen’s story

Photo: GDOjcinovic

Husen Muhamad Khaled is 6. While his father was at work, he went out to the street in Idliba, Syria to buy some bread. He did not get to the bakery as the bomb hit the street he was taking. Husen was severly injured and he had lost his leg. He came to the refugee reception center in Opatovac, Croatia from Syria, after an arduous one week on the road and sea with his family: mother, father, 2 brothers and 2 sisters. His parents have been carrying him and his youngest sister, just 2 months old, all the way.

Photo: GDOjcinovic

They are travelling to Germany, where they want for Husen to get the best medical care. When we showed him photographs we took, he smiled. The family showered, changed to fresh clothes and then rested a bit at the Mother and Baby care facility set by UNICEF. Soon, it was time to move on and we said goodbye.

Photo: GDOjcinovic

Many children like Husen have been supported during their transit in Croatia. UNICEF in Croatia works with Croatian authorities to provide children with basic humanitarian supplies and support during their short stay.

  • Assistance to Refugee and Migrant Children

    Assistance to Refugee and Migrant Children

    The refugee and migrant crisis that has shaken Europe has affected a large number of children. Many of them have witnessed the horrors of war, which will leave an indelible mark on them as they grow up. UNICEF, together with its partners, has been active since the first day of the crisis in providing support to mothers and children.

  • Assistance to Children in Emergency Situations

    Dio humanitarne i razvojne pomoći za djecu u svijetu osigurali su i građani i tvrtke u Hrvatskoj. Neke od akcija u kojim sudjeluje Ured UNICEF-a u Hrvatskoj su pomoć djeci u sukobom zahvaćenoj Siriji, pomoć djeci ugroženoj potresima u Nepalu te pomoć djeci u Ukrajini.

Updated: 12 July 2016
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