National Refugee Week: The Story of Yamamah Matlak

It’s National Refugee Week and there are over 60 million people around the world who are still displaced from their homes due to war, persecution, poverty and terror. Help Refugees want to take this time to remember that each of those 60 million is an individual and unique human being equally deserving of our compassion and support, and who should never be considered or dismissed as just another number.

Each day this week we will be sharing a personal story from just one of the millions of refugees in the world. Please do take the time to read and share their and think about how you can join us to help alleviate their suffering.

Today we tell the story of Yamamah Matlak.

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Yamamah comes from from Deir ez-Zor, Syria. In Arabic, the meaning of her name is ‘Dove’. She is a hilarious, cheeky and happy 10 year old.

Yamamah now resides in a tent at Oreokastro, a military refugee camp outside Thessaloniki, with her parents, grandfather, and four younger siblings.

Whenever she is photographed, she always looks at the lens with a great intensity as if she knows she could speak a thousand words about her situation as a refugee in Greece with the sadness of her stare.

Yamamah and her family complain about the heat.

She never goes anywhere without carrying her two younger sisters, Rimas and Batul, along with her.  Her family hope to be granted asylum in Germany.

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Yamamah is just one of the millions of refugee children in the world. Each one of these children has the potential to become whatever they dream of being, if we only give them the chance. Please visit https://mydonate.bt.com/charities/helprefugees to donate to help children just like them.


We would not be able to do our work without your support and kindness. Many of the refugees we help are fleeing the conflict zones of Iraq, Syria and Afghanistan. Others are trying to escape political oppression in countries like Eritrea. All are human beings like us. As well as providing immediate physical assistance, we want to help refugees maintain their dignity.

Please click through if you would like to find out more about our work in Calais, Dunkirk, Lesvos, Samos, Idomeni and other locations. If you would like to know how you can help refugees, please check out our Get Involved section where you can find out how to fundraise for us and how to make a donation. Thank you!

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