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Baryeh seen here with Sanaa (16) one of her two daughters. Baryeh explains why they left their home: “We lived in Al Tabqa, Syria with my husband. When the unrest began, the regime’s army began to clash with the rebels near our home. At first they were fighting on the ground, but eventually Al Tabqa was attacked by air
Ahmed (7) and Muhammed (8) are from Aleppo, Syria but fled to Istanbul, Turkey after their father was killed by a sniper. Their mother, Isptisam (44), has proven resourceful borrowing, picking up work in care while volunteering with collectives, though, her greatest needs remain sustaining food and shelter, keeping her kids in school and helping to
Wedad’s family used to live in Daraa, Syria, an area that has served as the “cradle for the Syrian revolution.” With a large family, Wedad worked as the director of a school to support her family of seven boys. Her sister, Amal, worked in the same school as an art teacher. Following the start of the war, Daraa
Aisha’s father, Hasan, describes how they came to be in Istanbul: “Our hometown in Al-Raqqah, Syria was under Daesh’s control and was constantly being shelled by the government. There were no jobs and nothing to eat. There were severe restrictions on everyone, women and men. We borrowed money to pay a smuggler to take us across the border to
Douaa went into shock when two teenagers who lived next door were killed in front of her eyes. She was unable to do anything to save them. She fled from Syria to Jordan with her son Tarek in 2012 and unfortunately suffered a stroke. She was unable to obtain medical treatment due to her nationality as
Ibrahim’s family left Syria when everything collapsed because of the war. There was no school, no hospitals, no water and no electricity. The attacks and the airstrikes were endless and the bombings eventually destroyed their home. Ibrahim’s 9-year-old son Yarob suffers from heart and kidney problems and needs surgery but they could not get treatment in Syria.