Sisters Nour (3) and Soaad (7) live in a camp in Lebanon with two other sisters and their widowed mother Sumaya (24) who explains why they fled their home in Syria:
“In 2012, the regime army came to our region to arrest the people who were joining the demonstrations. They would break into houses at night. We were scared and fled to another village where we stayed about a year and a half but there were bombings and airstrikes. After that, we returned to our home because it was dangerous everywhere. One day when I was not at home a rocket hit our neighbor’s house and my husband was killed from shrapnel in the explosion. My neighbors took him to the hospital before I saw him. Fortunately my daughters were in the second room and were unharmed. I took my daughters and fled to another house where we stayed about two months and suffered from the siege and hunger. We had to eat weeds from the ground. Then we fled to Lebanon.”
Sumaya is a trained nurse and doing the best she can to make ends meet, but as a single mom it is hard to leave her girls home alone to work. Sumaya said the family’s greatest needs are a heater and carpet, as well as mattresses and blankets.