Camila Villafañe

By Camila Villafañe

LifeBuzz Staff

Meet The ‘Toy Smuggler’ Who Risks Everything To Make Syrian Children Smile.

Santa isn’t real right? Well he might just be for a group of children living in war-torn Syria thanks to amazing, charitable human being Rami Adham. He may be already be busy with his 6 kids, but when your heart is so big, you simply cannot solely take care of your own pack. He helps he managed to find the time to travel over 28 times from Helsinski to Syria over the course of four years. And if you thought for one second that his road was easy peasy, think again.

Rami has to carry heavy sacks, (up to a whooping 155 pounds) in a very Santa-esque fashion (but without the helping hands of his efficient gnomes) through the mountainous border region to cross over to Syria. The official border is usually closed due to heavy traffic.

What’s in His Bag?

Rami helps provide basic supplies, food and other donations. When he took his first trip, his little three-year-old daughter suggested he should take some toys for the children. Little did they know that that would turn him into a local hero.

What’s in His Bag?

Zakariya Barakat

Santa's Helper

Without any magical elves, reindeer and the ability to travel to every country in a blink of an eye, Rami manages to bring joy to the world of these beautiful children who desperately need some hope.

Santa's Helper

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The Distraction

He brings a variety of toys. Girls get Barbie dolls while boys love to play with footballs, cars and teddy bears and they all help them, at least momentarily, get distracted away from the horrors of war.

The Distraction

Rami Adham / Facebook

Where There's a Will There's a Way

Rami has had to carry heavy bags containing Barbie dolls, soft toys and other miscellaneous toys. Sometimes, he has to walk up to 16 hours to get there.

Where There's a Will There's a Way

Zakariya Barakat

It's Heartwarming

The response and faces of the children is what keeps warming Rami’s heart, making him want to come back and help some more. Some of these kids haven't seen a single toy in ages.

It's Heartwarming

Zakariya Barakat

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