Nader from Yemen, 15 years old is now in Swizerland and should receive proper medical care and assistance

Unable to go back to his country in the middle of a civil war, Nader arrived in Switzerland where he applied for asylum. His case should receive particular attention from the Swiss asylum authorities as his medical condition is very serious. Read his full story here:


« Stuck in Switzerland is 15 year old Nader Ahmed Yahya. Nader, for a year, had suffered from intense painful headaches. His father, Ahmed Mohammed Yahya, a humble tea seller from Dhamar, sold all his belongings in order to travel to Sanaa and seek medical diagnosis. Months later, the boy was diagnosed with a life threatening neurological condition, sinonasal angiofibroma, which caused severe internal swelling to the brain, ear, nose and throat. In Yemen, having limited capabilities, medical professionals were unable to perform the surgery needed. In order to save his child, Mr Yahya, forsaking all sense of stature, went from door to door in Sanaa with his son, in a bid to gather enough funds for the costly surgery abroad. After a lengthy 8 month wait in Egypt with Yemeni Doctor, Helal Noman, a masters student at the University of Alexandria who had volunteered to host them, the three of them, travelled to Italy on the 9th of March to meet the Italian Dr. Paolo Castelnuovu, willing to perform the operation.

Having completed the surgery, on the 26th of March, Nader was set to go back to Egypt to follow up on critical treatment and medication, as requested by the Italian surgeon. The day the war broke out in Yemen, a previously non-existent visa ban was placed on Yemenis travelling to Egypt. Both Turkish airlines and Egypt air, vehemently refused to return the €2400 used to purchase the tickets. The Egyptian embassy in Italy denied their request for a quick visa and told them to wait for at least one month before they could be able to reply.

Dr. Noman, Mr Yahya and Nader were stuck in the airport for 4 days till the expiration of their visa, forced to seek another option, with no money and no place to go, a man from the airport offered to drive them Switzerland for urgent medical attention. In Switzerland, they have been locked in at the Vallorbe refugee camp for a week. With no access to personal belongings or contact with the outside world. Dr Helal luckily managed to reach us for assistance, whilst Nader and Mr Yahya remained at the camp. Trapped in a tedious bureaucratic process, hindering his chances of a successful recuperation, Nader does not have access to the long list of vital medication that he needs. »

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