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5yo injured Syrian boy missing on the Continent (distressing)

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ohmyeyebettymartin Tue 06-Oct-15 12:01:22

I'm not sure where best to put this, apologies if I have the wrong category.

Via another thread I learned about the 5yo Syrian boy Azam Aldaham, who was shown on Panorama recently. He has not been seen for several weeks, having been taken from a Belgrade hospital despite having a broken jaw. Full story here

He is travelling with men who are not his parents and there is now great concern for his safety.

Please consider joining the Thunderclap which is a social media campaign to notify as many people as possible at one time. Raising awareness in this way is an excellent way to get the message across to multiple countries at once. The men Azam was with are heading for western Europe and could well be in one of any number of countries by now.

Link to Thunderclap:

ohmyeyebettymartin Tue 06-Oct-15 15:45:12

Bumping for visibility. Please do share.

ohmyeyebettymartin Wed 07-Oct-15 13:05:26

Bumping again

ohmyeyebettymartin Thu 08-Oct-15 19:04:38

And another bump. Still 50 people needed to spread the word.

MissFitt68 Thu 08-Oct-15 19:36:29

Very worrying

Any news?

ohmyeyebettymartin Thu 08-Oct-15 20:42:50

Absolutely none as far as I can see.

However, the BBC has picked up on the story today. (Serbian papers have been covering it all week apparently.)

If it just gets a little more exposure, then someone who has seen him is sure to become aware that he's missing. He could well be safe and being treated in one of any number of countries in Western Europe. There are many refugees arriving in the country I live in, for example.

He has not been sighted for a month so the news could be very bad. But until then, there's still hope.

SuburbanRhonda Thu 08-Oct-15 20:47:46

So irritating that the word can only be spread using Facebook, Twitter and Tumblr as I don't use any of those.

ssd Thu 08-Oct-15 20:48:33

as soon as I saw this thread title I knew it would be this little boy. I watched the panorama programme he was on, it was awful, the man he was with said he was his father but the boy said he was his uncle. He was taken to hospital very reluctantly but the man left with him without him getting any treatment. He said the boy was run over by a taxi, his face was all bruised and his jaw was broken, although the man said he'd just hurt it..he was shown sitting alone on a stool and crying for his mummy sad

very very sad and distressing.

Inthelookingglass Thu 08-Oct-15 20:49:04

I've shared on my facebook for exposure.

This is really upsetting. I hope that poor love is ok.

ohmyeyebettymartin Thu 08-Oct-15 20:52:16

Rhonda yes, I only use FB.

Some people have been contacting refugee centres in various countries. I seriously considered putting up posters in my city (decided my efforts could be put to better use elsewhere). But if you can think of anything else you should go for it.

I feel so powerless and hopeless, I know there are many children suffering in the world and in my own city, I do what I can for them (which isn't much, though I firmly believe that every donation of goods/money/time is important) but I just feel drawn to try to do more for this specific child.

Gobbolinothewitchscat Thu 08-Oct-15 20:53:07

Oh God - this is horrific. I can't even watch the video in the article you linked to.

Just wish there was something else we could do apart from raising awareness on social media.

ohmyeyebettymartin Thu 08-Oct-15 20:55:09

ssd I deliberately haven't watched the programme. I saw some stills and read the details and that was more than enough. My DS is the same age so imagination does the rest.

No words.

MissFitt68 Thu 08-Oct-15 21:04:53

I've only got this thread to go on... It's enough!

ohmyeyebettymartin Thu 08-Oct-15 21:24:58

Also a FB page which you could share
if you're on Facebook, with a few ideas about what they're doing and other help they need.

SuburbanRhonda Thu 08-Oct-15 23:00:09

I've sent the FB link to DD and she says she'll share it. She's at uni so hopefully it'll get a wider audience.

Bugaboom Fri 09-Oct-15 07:19:07

I've shared. That video is heartbreaking. Why is this not all over the news?

ohmyeyebettymartin Fri 09-Oct-15 09:05:09

Bugaboom I know. I've been on the verge of messaging the DM about it confused.

Thanks so much Rhonda.

They need 18 more people for the Thunderclap. Getting there!

Bugaboom Fri 09-Oct-15 15:54:47

7 more people to go on thunderclap, so bumping this thread

ohmyeyebettymartin Fri 09-Oct-15 17:04:33

Now 6 to go! Anyone?

pnutter Fri 09-Oct-15 19:25:22

I have

ohmyeyebettymartin Fri 09-Oct-15 20:22:49

You're a star. It's up to 103 now.

babyboomersrock Sat 10-Oct-15 12:34:36

Shared on FB.

quinoaasmustard Sat 10-Oct-15 13:02:58

The Syrian migration situation is a sex traffickers dream sad Obviously hoping beyond hope that that's not what has happened to this little boy.

ender Sat 10-Oct-15 15:10:52

The Syrian migration situation is a sex traffickers dream
There was a man who seemed to be attaching himself to vulnerable people in the Panorama program. He was seen at the beginning with a woman and 2 children and said he was her brother, then it turned out he'd only just met her. Said he was helping her because she was a woman on her own but she'd got angry with him and told him to go away.
Later in the program he was seen with a woman in a wheelchair, then there was a shot of him carrying a young child.
The reporter called him a "chancer" and said he might be doing this to get priority at border checks etc, but he could have more sinister reasons.

MissFitt68 Sun 11-Oct-15 01:03:50

Single men latching on to vulnerable women with kids In Order to get 'in'? Yep, that's Halle I got s fair bit I reckon!

Any news on this young boy yet?

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