Soad (13) and Yousra (12) in Taalabaya, Lebanon on November 6th, 2015.
Soad and Yousra lived in Allepo, Syria and left with their family two-years ago do to bombings in their neighborhood. Their father Serif El Deen (39) was working full time in a cement factory and now finds occasional work on construction projects in Lebanon earning up to $8/day.
We asked Serif El Deen and his wife Amina (42) what their top-three needs are for their six children and he responded with “Just like my other neighbors, we need 1) food, 2) blankets and 3) diesel oil and wood…these are our basic needs”.
Serif El Deen also noted that his son Fadi (19) has “Rheumatism in his blood” which suggests he may require a thorough diagnosis and treatment. When asked about medical care, no one in the family including Fadi has seen a doctor.
The family does not anticipate an opportunity to return to Syria anytime soon, would be interested in seeking asylum in Europe and is uncertain of what is in store for the future.