Imagine the trauma of having to go through heart surgery, especially if you are a child. On top of that, you are caught in the middle of a civil war. That is exactly what 10-year old Omar from Derayya, Syria is going through.
Omar is recovering from heart surgery in Damascus just 10 months ago. He is also one of the millions of Syrians impacted by the brutal civil war.
Millions are starving and many have lost their homes. Children like Omar are especially vulnerable because of the food shortages. Malnutrition could set in. It can be deadly, especially for someone young and already weakened by other medical conditions.
The UN World Food Programme (WFP) distributes this special food in Syria called Plumpy'Doz, which is a nutrient-rich peanut paste. It is meant to keep children from falling into the despair of malnutrition. It is easier to distribute in a war zone because it requires no refrigeration.
Omar is receiving Plumpy'Doz and it's very likely saving his life and many others. WFP says, "The volunteers at this clinic say that Omar is progressing steadily and gaining weight with the help of Plumpy’doz."
Violence in Syria is claiming so many lives daily. The hunger and cold are also claiming lives, but not those who can be reached with aid like Omar.
Until the war is over and reconstruction, a massive pipeline of aid will need to be maintained to Syria. It is the largest humanitarian emergency of our time.
WFP has set up a relief fund for Syria.