“Hanker for years to sleep in bed”
BURSA - The Syrian sisters, who are caught tularemia disease, have longed to sleep in bed for years.
The children of the Syrian family who settled in Bursa by escaping from the civil war in their countries are suffering from sleeping in bed for years because of tularemia disease.
15-years-old Nuor Alhoda, 10-years-old Ghena, and 7-years-old Leen Ghazal, the three daughters of the Batal family, who took refuge in Turkiye because of the civil war in Syria, continue to live under difficult conditions. The biggest dream of sisters who have trouble breathing due to problems in their mouths is sleeping in bed.
Father Sait Batal is waiting for help to reach them for his children to have surgery while having difficulty finding work because of overweight and one of his eyes is poorly sighted.
"Nobody takes me in between them"
Leen Ghazal Batal said that her friends was made fun of herself because of tularemia disease, said she wants to go to the school like the other girls.
Ghazal said that she went to school for a week but had to leave the school later because her friends made fun of her, "I want to be like other girls. I want to be beautiful. I want to go to school. I want to be a teacher in the future. Everyone is mocking me as I go to the school, play in the park. Nobody takes me in between them because there is a problem in my mouth. I went to the school for a week then I couldn’t stand and I left school."
Ghena Batal, who has been sitting and sleeping for years and has had a lot of difficulty eating, said she wants to have surgery to have a better mouth.
"I am longing to do my bed and sleep on”
Ghena Batal, who said that the only dream is to sleep by lying on her own bed, "I have a problem in my nose. I want to be like the other girls. I have a hard time going to the school because my friends are making fun of me. I still want to go to the school to learn something. It's the only one thing I want that's going to be an operative and be like my other friends."
"I want help for being a sister of Muslims"
Nuor Alhoda Batal said that all Muslims are brothers and therefore want help, said, "I also want to have surgery. People scoff at me when I go to school, travel, or go to other places. I want to be like the other girls. We are all brothers, I ask for help from my brothers. I want a help, they do surgery and I do not want anything else."
"I want my teeth to appear when I'm laughing"
Nuor Alhoda, stating that sleeping in the bed is the biggest dream of herself, "I have difficulty in eating. I want to be as beautiful as other people. I want my teeth to appear while I'm laughing. I do not want to hide from people anymore. Sleeping in bed is a dream for me, now I want to sleep lying down." she expressed her longing for sleeping in bed.
"I cannot sleep when I see my children like that"
Sait Batal said that he sold his house for surgery of his children but it was not enough, "I had a house, I sold it for my children for their surgery. But it was not enough for surgeries. We would be very happy if someone help us. My children want to be operated. I do not want anything for myself. As long as my children are sleeping in their beds. My children are sitting and sleeping, and I cannot sleep when I see them like that. I am still thankful. I want help with my girls' surgery." (ILKHA)