This Girl Escaped From a Syrian War Zone in a Wheelchair
Born with cerebral palsy, Nujeen Mustafa spent most of her life in an Aleppo apartment—until she made the 3,500-mile journey to Germany.
Teenager Nujeen Mustafa spent most of her life confined to her family’s fifth-floor apartment in Aleppo, Syria. Born with cerebral palsy, Nujeen’s only connection to the wider world was the satellite dish on the roof. But last year she was forced to flee Aleppo when pro-Assad forces intensified their campaign of terror. Her family didn’t have enough money for all of them to make it to safety in Germany, where her brother lives, so her parents stayed in Turkey while she set out—Nujeen in a wheelchair, and her sister Nasrine pushing her.
In Nujeen: One Girl’s Incredible Journey From War-Torn Syria in a Wheelchair, veteran foreign correspondent Christina Lamb helps Nujeen tell her story, recounting how the girls overcame