High up in the hills of Janial, a remote village of Mirpur, Azad Jammu and Kashmir, nine-year old Nayab Mehfooz lives with her parents. Her father is a shopkeeper in local market, while her mother is a housewife. Nayab has lymphatic disorder, and her muscles are weak, which means that she never enjoyed a ‘typical’ childhood. “I cannot run or jump or play on the swings. I have weak legs.” She says
Nayab’s limbs did not function normally, due to which she was incapable of walking independently. Every day her mother used to carry her to school. Due to expensive medication and health procedures, Nayab’s family was unable to continue her treatment. Now she is nine years old and her urge to walk is growing with her.
Under Islamic Relief’s Mirpur Earthquake Emergency Response, Nayab has been treated and provided with orthotics. Now Nayab is able to walk and can participate in games with other children and is excited to go to school.