Two-year-old Dilbireen has been facing surgery in the US without his parents
Now, after months in limbo, the boy's parents were issued visas to be by his side
"It really does sort of take a village to make something like this happen," volunteer says
After about four months apart, 2-year-old Dilbireen Muhsin soon may be reunited with his family.
The Yazidi boy, whose name means “wounded heart” in Kurdish, was brought to the United States late last year to receive medical treatment for severe burns on his face.
He was left in the care of a Michigan woman while his parents and newborn brother were in their native Iraq, trying to be by Dilbireen’s side and, mostly recently, facing President Donald Trump’s travel ban.
Now, Dilbireen’s parents and brother have been issued visas to come to the United States, a joyous turn of events for a family that has experienced suffering.
“We have confirmation that they have visas in hand, which is great news, and so now we’re organizing travel for them to come to Boston and organizing for Dilbireen to come to Boston from Michigan and resume his treatment,” said Scott LaStaiti, a Los Angeles-based film producer and philanthropist who helped get Dilbireen medical care.
“It’s both exciting, because the family will be reunited, and very important, because now he can resume the treatment that he is desperately in need of,” LaStaiti said.
‘The plight of his people’
Dilbireen was one of many Yazidi children needing medical attention when LaStaiti traveled to northern Iraq with Sally Becker, founder of the UK-based charity Road to Peace, in 2015.