After Losing His Hand, This Syrian Refugee is Rebuilding His Life Through Gaming

In 2017, due to the unfortunate events unfolding in Syria, Ahmed Maher Bakir was forced to move to Turkey to take up a job in a plastics factory. He was 17 years old when a machine malfunctioned in the factory and fell on his left hand, crushing it on impact.

“I was devastated and heartbroken when I lost my left hand. I was frustrated and extremely annoyed at not being able to do anything on my own. But over time, I realized that there are others that have it worse than I do, and that I should be grateful that I have friends and family who continue to support me,” said Ahmed.

After the initial recovery, Ahmed started playing “Free Fire”, following the lead of his friends. It was tough and challenging at the beginning to manage the controls with one hand, but he patiently kept trying until he got his first win after 3 months! Ahmed realized he had a passion for gaming and got inspired by other YouTubers to start his own channel in November 2019.

Ahmed received major support, not just from friends and family, but the gaming community on YouTube, and was able to connect with other Syrian Free Fire gamers and YouTubers like Mokafaha, M7MAD Playz, TG Hamzeh, and Hydronz. Within this short period, Ahmed has posted over 70 videos and has over half a million views for his videos combined.

“I’m not only focused on improving at the game and increasing my YouTube channel size, but also to help others. I want to be a role model for those with issues similar to mine. I want to inspire and encourage them to pursue their dreams and never give up on achieving their goals. I want to help them have their ‘Booyah’ moment in life because if I can, so can they,” said Ahmed.

WE SAID THIS: We’re looking forward to seeing Ahmed making it big in the international e-sports community!