Shot at home: A Syrian Boy’s Story

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This week, NBC News shared the story of a 9-year-old boy named Wael who was shot in the face by a sniper while he was eating a cookie in his home. Wael survived the attack but has had to go through numerous surgeries to help repair his injuries.

SOS Children’s Villages – Syria learned about this horrible act of violence to Wael, and pledged to provide psychological support to him and his family, as well as to cover a part of the hospital fees not waived by the hospital. Wael survived death, and still must survive three more risky surgeries that will help reconstruct his face. We hope one day he will be able to smile again, and that he makes a complete physical and psychological recovery. 

Wael is one of the 5.6 million children who are in the line of fire, live in poverty or are displaced in Syria. You can help ensure vulnerable children like Wael are given the support needed to recover during times of conflict.  

Donate to SOS Children’s Villages today to help us care for children like Wael. Your donation will be MATCHED dollar for dollar. 


A photo of Wael standing outside his house in Ali Al-Jammal.


SOS Children’s Villages and the Syrian Conflict


SOS Children’s Villages – Syria has been operational since 1981, and has two villages near Damascus and Aleppo where they provide vulnerable children with stable, loving homes. SOS Syria is also working tirelessly to provide children like Wael, as well as their families, with critical support services. Their emergency response programs have reached over 270,000 affected children and families. For 2014-2015, SOS Syria aims to reach 26,000 affected children and families through:
  • Integrated Temporary Shelters offer educational support, health, nutrition, vocational training, psychological support, protection services to children.
  • Child Friendly Spaces that provide a safe environment for children with multi-sectorial services, such as emotional support, recreational activities and protection.  
  • Food Distribution to affected families with focus on children in four locations: Damascus city, Damascus rural, Daraa, Aleppo and Homs.
To learn more about SOS Children’s Villages – Syria, visit their website at