Mohammad and Lara fled from Syria to Lebanon with their parents and two siblings in early 2016. Forced from their home by militants, their mother Mariam explains:
“I was living in my town Al Tabqa in the province of Al Raqqa with my husband and four children when ISIS attacked the city in 2014 and imposed its laws by force of arms. They were looking for young children to teach them to take up arms and fight in exchange for money and took young girls, specifically the 14 year olds, in order to marry them regardless of their will…I was so afraid for my kids so we fled to the countryside even as the city was under heavy bombardment.”
When asked about their current needs, the family noted food, winter clothing, a heater with diesel oil, blankets and mattresses and an opportunity for education for the kids.