Eight years ago Nameer (52) and Nada Ayram (46) arrived in the United States as refugees after fleeing Iraq in search of a better life.
But after the couple, who lived in Detroit, Michigan, lost their lives to the coronavirus just weeks apart, they’ve left their three children, Nashwan (20), Nadeen (18) and Nanssy (13), orphaned, PEOPLE reports.
Nameer passed away on Monday 18 May, just three weeks after Nada.
Although Nash and Nadeen also contracted the virus, they remained at home in isolation while their parents were being treated in hospital.
“The two oldest kids did have it and self-treated at home while their parents were in the hospital,” says Renee Yaldo from the Chaldean American Ladies of Charity, a local non-profit organisation that’s helped the family with basic necessities.
Renee says the children are still struggling to come to terms with the passing of their parents, Independent reports.
“They’re not doing well,” she said.
“Nash is devastated and the girls aren’t taking it well. I mean, they lost both of their parents within weeks of each other. They had no idea the day their parents left would be the last time they’d see them.”
As soon as the parents were hospitalised, the charity set up a fund called Friends of Nash for the family as a source of financial assistance, according to Fox 2.
“This fund we raised for them is going to be so important,” Renee says.
“They have the rest of their lives to worry about and we don’t want them to worry about the little things as they mourn the loss of their parents.”
A GoFund Me page has also been set up for the family and has so far raised $153 000 (R2,7 million).
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