Looking a bit frightened -- so far away from his home in Afghanistan- 7-year-old Sajjad holds the hand of an interpreter on Saturday as he arrives at Charlotte-Douglas Airport.
Several volunteers were ready to help him.
“This is why I do what I do -- to see a child come who is hopeless and hurt and in pain, and I know that we have an opportunity to change his life,” said Sandy Tabor-Gray, branch coordinator for Solace for the Children in Lake Norman.
In November, Sajjad became a victim of the violence in Afghanistan. He was involved in a suicide bombing with nine members of his family, one who died.
Sajjad still has some scars on his face. Shards of glass went into his eyes and he lost his sight in one eye and his having problems with the other.
"We're hoping we can maybe make a difference and get his eyesight back,” Tabor-Gray said.
Solace for the Children brought Sajjad to Charlotte and has helped many other children like him.
They stay with host families while they get medical help - donated by local physicians.
Organizers don't know exactly how long Sajjad's treatments will take, but they think he'll be here for about six weeks.
It costs about $6,000 per child to help them here.