On March 25, 2015, Ruwaidahaa Summaq left her daughter, Kawthar, sleeping in their home, to hang up her laundry when she heard the familiar sound of warplanes. Upon hearing them, Ruwaidahaa’s sons ran out of the house to scan the skies to see where the planes were heading. In a split-second, their entire lives changed: the warplanes, which so frequently target civilian homes, targeted theirs. The bombing caused the gas canisters in the house to explode and catch fire, with Kawthar stuck inside. Ruwaidahaa ran inside to rescue Kawthar. Kawthar, luckily, survived the bombing. She and her mother were transported to Turkey, where they were treated in a few hospitals. 70% of Kawthar’s body has suffered from second- and third-degree burns, including most of her face.
Thankfully, Kawthar has been accepted to Shriners Hospitals for Children in Galveston, TX where she will be receiving medical care and treatment, including plastic surgery and psychological rehabilitation. Her treatment will last 4-6 months.