Aya and Alaa in Lebanon, December, 2016. The girls lived with their father in Syria but after he passed away, they were taken in by their uncle, Mohammad Nour: “In 2012, I was living with my wife in the countryside of Damascus in Al Tadamon when raids by the regime army began and bombings intensified. We moved to a nearby village but when the Free Army entered, clashes began. Our house was burned so we fled to Lebanon.”
If Syria becomes safe for them to return, they will go back and rebuild their home. Mohammad Nour was a painter, and his wife Lina was a primary school teacher. He would like to find work as a mechanic, to provide the surgeries that he and the girls need: Aya is out of school school due to hearing difficulties, Alaa has problems with her eyes and Mohammad Nour has lost sight in his left eye.