Sep 29, 2016

Refugees in Armenia – The story of Abdullah Haddad

Photo: ART


Abdullah Haddad, 46-year-old, is a hand master, preparing and repairing different things, though the current situation does not help him to provide for his family. The two elder sons were born with mental disorders. The elder one is 21 and the other one Shiraz is 18. They both attend a specialized center and the interaction with people helped them feel better, they started to speak and draw a little.

“I wish my sons were healthy and Syrian war hadn’t started,  said Abdullah who fled from Syria to Armenia in 2011 with his wife and three sons.

Photo: ART

Photo: ART

The younger boy is 8 years old. He attends an ordinary school and wishes to have a bicycle and colored pencils. He needs to color the paper hats that he makes himself and sells on holidays for 20-50 Armenian drams (0,04-0,05 USD) in the streets to buy ice-cream for his brothers. Anna, their mother can’t think of a job as she takes care of the boys.

Several NGOs assisted refugees families from Syria with a two-room flat – social housing (that is a real ruin), some furniture, a gas stove and refrigerator that is almost empty.

Yet, social protection is still a blurred concept to many refugees in Armenia. Access to good health care is not free.

According to humanitarian standards, “social protection is a human right which guarantees a minimum standard of living for all”. In close cooperation with other NGOs, the ACT Armenia forum has prepared and identified a list of the most vulnerable refugees requiring immediate assistance through the proposed action to the refugee crisis.

Do you want to help? Click HERE to read the ACT Appeal.


Photos and text by Armenia Inter-Church Charitable Round Table Foundation (ARTF)