Abd Al Karim (14) from Syria in front of his family’s tent in Lebanon, November, 2016. His mother Bordah explains how they ended up here: “I was living with my husband and my kids in Al Sabkha, the countryside of AL Rakka when ISIS entered. They imposed strict laws on us, requiring long dresses and demanding women cover our faces with Niqabs. They also prevented us from leaving our house and confiscated our televisions. Food prices soared and then dried up. The thing that scared me the most was when they were looking for young children to join them in fighting so I fled to Lebanon in 2015 with my two young kids and husband.”
Adb Al Karim was studying in school before the war broke out but Bordah explained “He does not attend school now because he works to help us live”. He said he earns $4/day harvesting potatoes. “I’d like to complete my study and have a new clothes.” Abd Al Karim’s sister Maisaa (20) who also works in agriculture instead of completing school said “I’d like to live a decent life and have healthy food”.