Bilal and Yazan pictured outside their tent in Lebanon, January, 2017.
The boys lived in Homs, Syria near a government security facility that was the site of military clashes. “A shell broke into our home when we were in it,” their mother Amina said. “We were terrified and ran away.”
The family (mother, father and five sons) first fled to Al-Salamiyah where they stayed for about five months but eventually fled to Lebanon, now taking refuge in Beqaa Valley.
The kids’ father later returned to Syria after learning his mother had died but has not been heard from since. “Now I do not know any news about him,” Amina said.
Amina has worked at a school in the past and is looking for a similar position to provide for her family now that they are alone and stuck in a tent. Their top needs include a heater, carpet and a washing machine.