...the shock of the explosion caused Fatima to fall into a pot of boiling oil.
When a bomb went off in her neighbour’s home in Syria, the shock of the explosion caused Fatima to fall into a pot of boiling oil.
The terrible burns made her head “swell up like a balloon” and blinded her in one eye. Even after she healed, she was left with severe scarring on her face -- and her psychological scars were just as severe.
In the years following the accident, Fatima refused to play with other children. She was scared to leave the house and clung to her mother.
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Then the Syrian conflict caused Fatima’s family to leave Syria for Jordan.
There Fatima was able to attend a ‘Makani’, a UNICEF-run alternative learning centre for vulnerable children.
Makanis take a holistic approach and provide underprivileged children with learning opportunities, life skills training and psychosocial support.
UK aid is delivered across Syria and the surrounding countries by partner agencies, like UNICEF, with proven expertise and track records.
The UK has provided psychological help to over 200,000 men, women and children affected by the Syrian crisis.
Fatima had one-to-one psychosocial sessions – help with her thoughts and behaviours, as well as broader social support – with a qualified counsellor.
Her counsellor helped Fatima to make friends and showed her classmates that they didn’t need to be afraid of her scars.
Fatima now happily plays with other children – and has plans for the future.
She dreams of being a teacher or a doctor so that she can help other children learn and grow.