Eight- year- old Rayhana from Aleppo has been fitted with a new robot arm thanks to the hard work of a Birmingham mosque charity.
Green Lane Mosque Task Force (TaskForce GLM)– a Mosque charity in Birmingham- have raised £15,000 to provide the war victim with a robotic arm. After her home in Aleppo was attacked by a Government air strike, she tragically lost her sister, and her arm.
With her family, she fled to Turkey to begin rebuilding a life. The charity, based at Green Lane Mosque in Bordesley Green, has raised more than £4 million in the last three years and has set up an orphanage in Salem, Turkey where hundreds of children, and widowed mums, are being looked after.
More recently, Youtube motoring sensation- Lord Aleem has accompanied them on a trip to the region.
It was on a trip last year that the team met Rayhana, and before long knew they wanted to support her.
Taskforce GLM Project Manager Ishfaq Ahmed said: “In 2017 her house was bombed by the regime. Her sister was killed and she lost her arm. She then came to Turkey with her family.
“We met her at the end of 2017 in a rehabilitation centre literally minutes away from from the Syrian border in Hatay. She was in a bad way but still smiling.”
“When we spoke to her we asked her what we could do to help to which she replied ‘I wish I could have my arm back so I can go back to school and carry on with my normal life’.”
Mr Ahmed said the charity, which is run by volunteers, launched an online appeal and raised the required £15,000 in just 15 minutes.
“She is currently in an assessment centre in Gaziantep where she will be having the limb fitted.”
The group has recently returned from aid trips to Turkey and Lebanon to hand out donations to refugees fleeing the conflict.
What amazing work they are doing.