Tahani (3) in pictured in front of her tent in Lebanon. Her mother, Shamsa: “I was living with my husband Hassan and our children in a village called Al Mansora in Syria. Hassan worked as a porter and I cared for our six children. Al Mansora was a quiet place until the war. The Free Army came into the village and began to clash with the Syrian regime. Before long, my neighbor’s house was bombed. Fearing that we would be next, we left our home for another village. We stayed away for 4 months before returning to our home. Soon after, ISIS entered the village. First, they confiscated all the TVs in the village so they could control all information. Then they prevented us from leaving our homes.
We decided to escape and snuck our family out of the village at night. We carefully journeyed across the country and entered to Lebanon illegally by way of the mountains in 2014. We stayed in Lebanon for nearly a year and then I got word that my brother had died in Damascus. We returned there and stayed five months, but the danger was too great. Once again, in 2016, we made the hard journey across the mountains into Lebanon.
That is where my family is now. I do not work because I have a baby and can not leave him alone in the tent where we live. My husband Hassan suffers from heart disease and blood pressure. Tahani suffers from ِِAsthma. We wish to return home when it is safe, but don’t know when that will be.