To most people around the world, Christmas makes us think of Christmas carols, Christmas trees, and Santa Claus. But when you’re living in a civil war zone like Aleppo, Syria, things may be quite different. Aleppo is home to the world’s most controversial and dangerous civil war. With government and rebel forces battling each other, the Syrian Civil War has dragged on for over five years. Many of Syria’s children have lost hope.
Rami Adham, also known as the “toy smuggler” of Syria, is on a mission to bring back hope to the war-afflicted land. When millions have fled the country, Adham, a father of six children, went back to Syria 28 times. Each trip, he risked his life to bring more than 80 kg of toys, essential food, and medicine to Syrian kids. Last June, Adham walked 13 km into the city because the government had blocked vehicles from taking the main road into town. Promising his daughter to deliver the toys, the Santa of Syria didn’t stop his humanitarian effort. He believes the toys show Syria’s children hope and that someone cares for them.