After many years of civil war in Syria and far-reaching sanctions, a large part of the Syrian population is impoverished and starving. The situation is particularly difficult for people who are also sick and in urgent need of medication. Sahbaa, born in 1969, is one of these people. She lives with her family in a small Syrian town. As a young woman, Sahbaa studied English literature but was unable to complete her studies. Her two older children are now in the same situation for financial reasons; they are also unable to complete their education. The youngest daughter still goes to school.

Sahbaa has been suffering from rheumatoid arthritis (previously called chronic polyarthritis) for six years. Time and again, episodes of the disease lead to painfully inflamed joints. Sahbaa needs daily medication but the meagre family income is no longer sufficient for this. ‘We care’ therefore helps Sahbaa to finance her medication.


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