• Publication date: June 23, 2015

Omar.. A little Syrian Hero: "I Wish to Grow Up"

In height and weight, he looks like a three-year-old kid. But Omar is eight.

In height and weight, he looks like a three-year-old kid. But Omar is eight.

He and his sister Majid each suffer from a growth-hormone deficiency – the result of a dysfunctional pituitary gland. Neither can grow without continuous hormone and vitamin treatment, which was available for free back home in Syria.

Since the family fled and became refugees in Lebanon in early 2013, they haven’t been able to afford the treatment, and neither have NGOs and aid organizations.

“I need treatment, so I can become tall, become a man, and get married.” Omar said to UNHCR official website.

Omar knows that if he stays in Lebanon he and Magid won’t get the treatment they need in order to grow. After two long years without treatments, they are being resettled to Finland along with their parents and three siblings.

Omar said “I need treatment so I can become tall, become a man and get married,” he tells me. “And you know how children hit me now? When I start growing up, I can defend myself.”

Since fleeing to Lebanon in early 2013, Omar’s parents have had a hard time finding work legally, and this year the local school had no places for him and his siblings. The family’s resettlement in Finland comes not a moment too soon.