Hussein El-Hussein was born on February 10, 1998, in Aleppo, he attended school in his hometown until grade 9 under very difficult economic conditions. At the age of 15 he started working with his father in plumbing after his parents and seven siblings fled to Lebanon in 2013, looking for peace and security. They first lived in Gemmayze then moved to Karantina, until they settled in Achrafiye near Jeitawi hospital. Later, Hussein worked at the port of Beirut loading containers, and he was victim of a blast that ripped him off his health and income; he is helpless and hopeless…
On the afternoon of August 4, 2020, Hussein was home doing some electrical maintenance when the explosion happened and he was electrocuted and a door fell over his body. In just a few minutes his home turned into a war scene… He was unable to stand or walk to save himself, but some young men in the area evacuated him to the hospital. As soon as he saw the level of destruction and the huge number of injured and dead, he felt his problem was really small, and he went back home after he took some painkillers…
A few days later, the pain became unbearable, and he went to a field hospital treating the blast’s victims. He saw two different doctors, one of whom ordered x-rays that confirmed he suffers from shoulder fractures which will only heal with time.
Hussein went to the hospital on a daily basis to take muscle pain relief medication, but the pain continued to grow day after day, so he underwent a first hardware surgery on October 15, 2020, and a second one on June 15, 2021, but his shoulder was still in bad shape and he needed a specialized surgery which he refused, because he was still young, and he could not afford the cost that could, according to him, easily reach USD 15,000, in addition to regular follow up which will create additional financial burdens. Until today, when the pain becomes really unbearable, he uses cold pads, and takes some painkillers.
Hussein’s shoulder injury forced him to leave his job at the port, especially that he could barely lift light weights. Now, he suffers from pain in his right hand, because he is completely dependent on it.
His days are long, and he doesn’t feel alive anymore. 25-year old Hussein only wants to be compensated and supported to regain the normal life he lost to the blast.