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Meet Hussain & Abbas

30 July 2021

Source of inspiration and hope

This year, I met a group of children in the Holy City of Najaf. Hussain had come with his friend, and neighbor, Abbas. I had initially mistaken them for siblings, based on the way they looked out for each other from the very moment they arrived.

Where one would go, the other would follow. They would laugh together, play together, and when the other children sat down on the lunch table, Hussain and Abbas sat together too, but on the floor.

As the lunch break began, I noticed the two friends were playing a game with their untouched lunch nearby. I asked Hussain and Abbas why they were not eating. They both said they were not hungry. It had been a few hours since they had arrived. Yet the two friends insisted they were happy to play and that I could join them if I would like. So I did! They taught me how to play and were encouraging me as a struggled with the game. They even turned a blind eye when I would lose so that I could have another go. I couldn’t believe they were so young, yet so caring.

Before I could leave them to it, I encouraged them to eat one last time by describing the food. Hussain said yes we are very thankful. We cannot wait to try it with our families when we get home. We don’t want them to miss out.

Maintaining a steady voice, I told them we have some leftover food packs, so if they would like, they could have theirs now, and take some home too. Within moments they were tucking into their meal. At such a young age, they were thinking of making their family happy before themselves.

Although at Al-Ayn, we witness terrible realities and deep suffering due to loss and poverty, children like Hussain and Abbas are a source of inspiration and hope. They are currently sponsored through Al-Ayn. Both children also live in new homes provided by Al-Ayn due to the uninhabitable conditions they previously lived in. They are two of 68,715 children currently sponsored. This Muharram you can sponsor a child like them and lift them out of poverty.

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