Peoples Stories


13 year old Dilan, a Syrian refugee from Hassaka, plays Bağlama (Saz). He is blind and has never gone to school. “I started playing Bağlama when I was 7. My father hired a music tutor for me, and I quickly learned how to play the instrument at home,” he says. “When there are small parties and special events inside the refugee camp, I am always invited to play Bağlama and sing national and love songs.” Dilan had more taste in music when he was home in Syria. His wish is to become a famous musician in the future and to follow his dreams in a peaceful world, free of violence and war.

There is a possibility for Dilan’s physical disability to be cured, but in one of the more advanced countries. His mother is asking for financial support from NGOs and humanitarian agencies.



“If it were not for the meaningless war, I would have stayed in my hometown and followed my dreams,” says 25-year-old mechanic, Haval Muhammadamin. Living in the Qushtapa Refugee Camp in the southern suburbs of Erbil City with his wife and 1-year-old child, he and his entire family left Syria at the peak of the civil war in 2012. “My living condition [there] was really hard so I had to make a life for my family here in Kurdistan,” says Haval. “I thought about working with an NGO that worked inside the camp where I lived and QANDIL was the only humanitarian organization that offered me a job in my profession, and now I am the QANDIL compound’s Generator Operator with a good monthly salary.”

Through his employment with QANDIL, Haval has been able to make a living and save his family’s life.



QANDIL had the pleasure to meet Mister Merkez Shabob during a cash distribution in Zakho in July 2015. He agreed to share his story with us:

“We left Turkey when things got bad in the early 90’s. Mosul, at the time, was our place of refuge. After Daesh came, we were forced to flee our home once again.
When we got to Zakho, I started to feel pain in my chest, and was told I needed to have surgery. The first one was unsuccessful, so now I have to go back. Hopefully with some of the money QANDIL provides, I will be able to afford the operation. I have a wife and nine children to look after, QANDIL is my sense of hope right now.”