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Tartous | by Caritas Internationalis
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“I have heart problems. I don’t know when I will pass away. My biggest concern is my children. I want to stay alive for them”

This is what Mr. Khalifeh told us, without being able to continue his sentence due to tears that started falling from his eyes.

He is originally from Hassakeh. He is the only bread-winner for his family composed of his wife Wafaa and three children, Ali three years, Alaa three years, and Motassem one year old.

He used to be a farmer, but when Turkey cut the flow of the water in Khabour river in that area, farmers there became jobless and lost their income. Khalifeh was one of them. Despite of that, he decided to stay in his village, but when the security situation became dangerous, he was forced to leave with his family to Tartous, hoping to find there a job.

“In Tartous We stayed in an unfinished building. The landlord allowed us to stay there freely to protect his property from steeling”

Khalifeh worked as a daily worker in the market. Sometimes he succeeded in finding something to do, to be able to buy some food for the day. Other times he failed in finding any job.

When he heard the bad news that his house was completely destroyed back in his homeland, he couldn’t handle it, and he had a heart attack. He was taken to the hospital to do an emergency heart surgery.

“My brother Abed started to look for support to cover the surgery expenses, and he was told about Caritas. He approached them and asked for help”

Caritas in Tartous participated with other charities to cover the surgery high expenses. Later on, they helped the family with some cash money for heating, especially that he was forced to stop working for two months until he recovered.

Khalifeh can’t walk so hard like before due to his medical situation. He is now working in cleaning stairs and apartments for some neighbors and earning very small amount of money, which is not even enough to provide food for his family.

“I work as much as I can. Sometimes I don’t buy my medicines because I have to buy food for my hungry children, but I least I feel that someone now is standing beside whenever life become very difficult. It is you Caritas.”


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Taken on August 31, 2018