Eyad is gone!

Today I woke up with this Tweet in my mail box!

Iyad Sami Zindah, 5 yr old, died today of cancer after Israeli occupation forces prevented him from leaving #Gaza 2 get treatment #Palestine

My story with Eyad started last December, 7 months ago. I received a message from a friend that there is a family in Amman from Gaza who are treating their kid from cancer and they need help. I called the parents and met them a few days later. And there were my story began with Eyad.

To set things straight Eyad was 6 years old, had lung cancer for 4 years. The Palestinian Authority (Hamas) treated him on their expense in Egypt since Gaza is still under siege and such cancer treatments do not exist there. The doctors in Egypt operated on Eyad and according to his parents they did a very bad job and it wasn’t successful. Then the Palestinian Authority sent him to Iran for more operations. Again, his parents said they were not done the proper way. Israel let him to get some treatments and do tests in Jerusalem but it was very expensive since the Palestinian Authority will not sponsor expenses inside Israel. Also Israel will not Eyad and his parents spend the night in Jerusalem, so they had to go every day back to Gaza through the nightmare of checkpoints.

Then the Palestinian Authority (Hamas) sent him to Jordan to get some Chemotherapy, where I met him in Amman many times. The father had to sell his taxi cab in Gaza to be bale to spend on his family while they are in Amman. After 6 months the doctors in Jordan said that his case is not improving and Hamas stopped funding. After trying to get him into the King Hussien Cancer Center and the bureaucracy of who will treat him and sponsor him financially they returned to Gaza. Though Eyad looked fine but he had a new cancer lump growing near his heart and causing him repository problems. So I was able to gather your donations and send them to Gaza to gem him 2 Oxygen tanks. I tried with PCRF and a Doctor in Haddasa in Jerusalem to let him in but that failed too. The Palestinian Authority (Hamas) stopped sponsoring Eyad and they were left alone in a besieged Gaza!

Two weeks ago I spoke with his parents and they told me they will try to get him out to Saudi Arabia to try alternative medicine. Eyad hasn’t been eating well for a month, lost alot of weight and was having breathing issues. The authrization to leave Gaza strip needs 5 weeks!

I need to clear out that Hamas stopped sponsoring Eyad financially 6 months ago and the family tried many times with the government but according to them the corruption of the Palestinian Authority (Hamas) in Gaza is the same as the one in the West Bank (Fatah)!!

Here are links to the posts I wrote regarding Eyad:

Every Dinar Counts

Eyad, Gaza and Ali

Eyad Health Condition – Update

Road to Recovery Starts in Cleveland for Gaza Child

I have to thank the kind people who helped from America, Europe, Egypt, UAE and Jordan!

I really have no words to explain how I feel right now, I guess I’m not used to such loses! I will not blame Israel or Hamas or the corruption of power in the Middle East.

The only thing I can do now is to continue supporting his family after his death! His mom told me that he wanted to visit Amman very badly and wanted to go to the Kids area at Mecca Mall and C Town Mall and to come see Ali, his simple wish was never given to him.

His mom told me “Eyad is the Martyr of the Siege!”


  1. Maysaloon

    May 19, 2010

    الله يرحمه, may he rest in peace, and may those responsible be punished…

  2. Khaled

    May 19, 2010

    I’m lost for words, May God rest his soul in peace, he is in a much better place than all of us :-*(

  3. khaled gharaibeh

    May 19, 2010

    الله يرحمه و يصبر اهله
    do you know other cases that needs treatment and NOT falling in the same corruption/authorities/power dilemma again. we (people not governments) should reach to a stage where we decide/force help to such cases. we need to create a successful story for those honest courageous people and help them, at least to get one case like Eyad’s to Amman for good medical treatment.

  4. Mirqab

    May 19, 2010

    Well , Eyad represents our Dignity , our pride , and our future. We will loose hope In Allah’s merci saving us from our own sickness , and will allow murder it because of corruption . Hope one day we will be moved towards our own selves like we are moved to Eyad in this life Eyad is the winner… And we all loose.

  5. Altaf

    May 19, 2010

    I have been following Eyad’s life through your Facebook profile for many months now. To hear the news that he is no more has brought tears to my eyes here in India. May Allah (swt) bless his innocent soul and to you Ali, for always helping and caring and loving selflessly. May you continue to touch many many lives, just as you made a difference to Eyad’s life and made him smile.

  6. Ola

    May 19, 2010

    I’m sure Eyad now is fine, happy in a better place where’s there’s no cancer or corruption… may God grant his parents patience and strength

  7. Samar

    May 19, 2010

    was such a sad news to hear last night, i knew it was Eyad when I read it. I just want to tell you how touched I am by your efforts and your passion to help others.

    You amde a very poor kid so happy….I will never forget how your American friend Top came to to my house to deliver all he could muster and donnate money, a card, and most importantly, Eyad’s first ever teddy bear….Love you

  8. Ali Dahmash

    May 19, 2010

    I realy thank everyone for sharing the pain and sorrow. Nothing compares to the loss of a child, may God help his parents. I just can’t imagine how many similar stories there are like this in Gaza!

    It’s a hard lesson for me to continue what I do.

  9. Deena

    May 19, 2010

    Allah yir7amo, he is in a better place.

  10. raya

    May 19, 2010

    that is very very sad, it brought me into tears.
    I remember your posts about him 🙁 Allah yirhamo ou ysaber ahlo.
    He is in a better place,a tiny bird that is cancer free

  11. Mahmoud Lattouf

    May 19, 2010

    Ali, this is the most touching blog post I have ever read! Allah yer7am Eyad! we are speechless, because we feel we can do nothing to change this shitty situation (please excuse my language). Everyday, we hear about the miserable life in Gaza, and we live as if they are not human beings or living in another planet! Those kids could have been our own kids, those people could have been us. Their only fault was that they were born in Gaza!

    Eyad went to a better place with justice, we should feel sorry for ourselves.

    Thanks that you keep reminding us of our pain in Gaza and Palestine.

    I would love to meet you in person.


  12. KJ

    May 20, 2010

    I just came backb from a photography event where one of the photographers spent a couple of weeks in Palestine documenting the lives of kids and the medical centre under the occupation.

    I’m not surprised that it has cone to this, but I’m mortified by the fact that I don’t have to be surprised about it.

    Eyad is a loss to all of us. With every child who dies so does a shred of humanity.

  13. Mahmoud Essa

    May 20, 2010

    اللـــــــــــــــــــــــــــــه يرحمو ويساعد اهلنا بفلسطين

  14. lirun

    May 22, 2010

    i sent a link to this post to haaretz asking them to report on this topic.. its truly disturbing in the deepest sense

  15. admin

    May 22, 2010

    Thanks Deena, Raya, Mahmoud, Mohammad for your condolonces.
    KJ, it is a loss but Im more determined than ever that we all need to help in a way to make people’s life easier in Gaza and all of palestine.
    Lirun I appreciate your feelings and effort as well, not sure what Haaretz can do. There are hundreds and thouands like Eyad’s story in Gaza

  16. Joe Akkawi

    May 31, 2010

    May he R.I.P. Such stories always show the magnitude of how severe health care issues are for people in the occupied territories. Hope his family are granted the patience and faith get through this.

  17. lirun

    June 1, 2010

    at least they can realise that readers want to know..

  18. admin

    June 4, 2010

    Lirun, thanks, hope the papers can post something especially that Netenyaho claims there is no human crisis in Gaza!

    Joe, thanks, will keep trying to help in any way

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