“Our house in Aleppo was close to the frontline of the war and was bombed. We moved to another house and that was also bombed. I still have burns over a large portion of my body that have not received adequate medical care. We had to leave Aleppo because of the situation there.”
After this upheaval, and despite her own physical needs, mother Marwa has been most concerned about the health and education of her children. The family spent the past three years sheltering in Turkey and the children are finally this year in school in Istanbul. Nadir (10) and Gulbahar (8) both say they want to study to be teachers. Omar (7) has plans to become a doctor or a dentist, but says first he wants to learn Turkish. Julenar (2.5) is also pictured.
Before leaving Syria, Marwa was a hairdresser and her husband Mohammed owned a screen printing factory. Now neither is able to find work. The family’s top priority remains basic living expenses and medical treatment for Marwa, and to eventually move out of their humid basement and into a place that is healthier for the children.