A Child of Syria: Adil’s Story

Adil lost his parents and his home at 2 years old.

The above is an advertisement as seen in the December 14th issue of People magazine. 
The advertisement was sponsored by The Jolie-Pitt Foundation.

Adil's Story

Seven-year-old Adil* wants to be a magician.

“If I become a magician, I can go back in time and reverse everything that happened to me and my parents because of the war,” he said.

Adil was too young to remember the day his parents were killed. It happened in 2011, at the very beginning of the war in Syria. Adil and his two older brothers, Ahmed and Mustafa, were taking a walk near their home just outside Damascus when they heard the explosion.

Soon after hearing it, one of the boys’ neighbors found them and told them that their parents were dead. They were killed in their living room when the rocket fell on their house, the neighbor said. Ahmed couldn’t believe it. He went back to the house to see it for himself. 

“There were a lot of people around the house,” said Ahmed, who was 9 years old at the time. “The roof had collapsed and people held me back to prevent me from going inside.”

“I was able to make my way through somehow,” he added. “I jumped through the roof of our neighbors’ houses because I didn’t believe they were dead. I thought that I might be able to save them.”


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