Appeal to help cancer orphan, 7

Nazeem Kader was diagnosed with lymphoblastic leukaemia.

The public is being asked to help a 7-year-old Belgravia orphan who is battling cancer.

Nazeem Kader was 2 when both his parents were killed in a shooting. He was placed in his aunt’s care but she died of cancer two years ago.

Nazeem was diagnosed with lymphoblastic leukaemia in 2023 after experiencing multiple nose bleeds, sores in his mouth and pain in his legs, and he has had chemotherapy at Red Cross War Memorial Children’s Hospital, according to his uncle, Loetfie Salie, 64, who now cares for him.

Mr Salie hopes his nephew can return to school this year after missing all of last year because of his illness.

“He goes to Sunnyside Primary School. He was such an active child, so talkative, but cancer has changed him. The doctors want him to take it easy, but that’s difficult for a small boy. He hates going to hospital; he cries about it, but he knows that he has to,” he said.

Mr Salie is appealing for financial support and has started a backabuddy campaign to cover Nazeem’s school needs as well as basic living expenses as they currently live off Mr Salie’s pension grant.