From Syria, Mr. Mohamad Darwish (39) and Halima Darwish (37) are pictured here with their kids Kaser (15, far right), Reem (12), Ahmed (9), Mohamad (7) and Rayan (3) in Lebanon on October 19, 2015.
Originally from Allepo, Syria, despite a medical condition that left him confined to a wheel chair at a young age, Mohamad happily supported his family of ten working daily in his own mini-market.
In April of 2013, fragments from a nearby bomb entered their home prompting the family to flee to safety.
Today, Mohamad is in need of a sufficient wheel-chair to help with the extra rocky terrain surrounding him and is mostly confined to his shelter. Halima works in various farms around the region on some days earning a maximum of $6/day. Over the two years they have been in their tent, they have accumulated $2000 in debt from surrounding bakeries, groceries and supermarkets.
The Darwish family say they will be the first to return to their homeland when it becomes safe and they are able to do so. They are anxious to rebuild a new home, a new life and have their children return to school, though, they don’t seem to expect things in Syria will change soon and are thus focused on improving the life that they have where they are.
Mohamad said he would like to be able to add a door to their shelter, obtain a stove and wood, clothes, blankets and hygiene kits (including handicapped hygiene kits).
The most urgent agenda on their minds is their daughter Reem’s severe head pains (second from right). Like clock work, every three days she has critically painful headaches and they have not been able to afford the $500 US needed to obtain an MRI or seek further treatment. She said she wants nothing more than to go to school.