Ali's* story

The young boy who fell two storeys when an airstrike hit

“Before the incident, Ali* was just like other kids. He talked a lot and played with his cousins,” says Ali’s mum, Enas*. “He used to laugh loudly and hear perfectly. Now he is very quiet.”

Ali’s family were eating dinner together when the first missile hit.

As they ran for safety, the second blast threw Ali from a window. He fell two storeys, landing on his neck.

 

When his mum reached him, Ali was unconscious - blood flowing from his ears, mouth, and nose.

His family couldn’t run for help as bombs rained down on their home town. It was the most terrifying night of their lives.

Ali survived, but he was left deaf and unable to speak. His family feared they would never hear their boy talk again.

When we heard about Ali’s injuries, we referred him to a local hospital where he was given hearing aids for both ears. We made sure he got surgery and speech therapy to find his voice again.

Ali*, 9, was seriously injured in an airstrike in June 2016, which left him deaf and unable to speak.

Ali*, 9, plays ball in the space behind his home

Although he is on the mend, sadly for Ali and his family, their lives have changed forever. 

While Ali is back in school, which he loves, his family can no longer even afford to buy him the notebooks he needs to do his work. 

Ali's mum Enas* says 'We tried to go to many places, but wherever we go we find no peace. This war has humiliated us, we were living in prosperity, and we had planted fields. We used to wear good clothes, eat good food. Now we can barely survive.'

*name changed to protect identity. 

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Ali*, 9, was seriously injured in an airstrike in June 2016, which left him deaf and unable to speak. Now he uses a hearing aid in both ears

Ali* with his hearing aids provided by Save the Children