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Shaymaa (4) may not remember the shells and barrels in the sky. She was four months old when her family made repeated attempts to escape under helicopter fire. Now living in a tent with her mother and two siblings in Lebanon, Shaymaa dreams of reuniting with her father who recently made his way to Sweden.
Sisters Naima (10) and Aya (12) have lived in a tent in Lebanon with their mother and five other siblings since April, 2015. Naima and Aya have seen it all, including the death of their father by the Syrian regime and the destruction their home in Aleppo. When asked Naima and Aya said they need
Maha (8) dreams of one day becoming a doctor. She fled Syria with her family to Lebanon after her father Abed’s university was bombed. He was studying programming. Abed is currently working as a laborer for $150 per month, no longer able to consider schooling. The family hopes to one day return to Syria or
Meet Katana (52) and her youngest daughter, Sobha (27). Sobha works on the land in Lebanon earning about $3 per week. Currently, this is the only source of income for the family. Katana is a widower of a shepherd and said she would like to open a market stall or small shop to support her
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
Hala and her daughter Lana (10) in Fatih, Turkey, November of 2016. “My house in Syria was in the countryside of Damascus. So when the events broke out, they started where we were. The army and the rebels came face to face around our neighborhood. We would go to the outhouse crawling on the ground
From Syria, meet Mahmoud (14). He is the oldest of five children living with his parents in Istanbul. The extended family group comprises eleven people, including eight children and two women who are pregnant, all living in two dilapidated, cold rooms. In addition to being cold and small, their building is infested with rats and scorpions, their