Before conflict came to Syria, Walid (6), Khaldyeh (5) and Ghadeer (4) lived with their parents and younger sibling Ihklas (3) near Aleppo. Their father Jaber Wadi (27) worked as a shepherd and their mother Midala was studying. One day in 2013, Jaber Wadi had been to the bakery when, without warning, a shell dropped on top of the building. Remembering the day, he describes it as a “massacre…bread dunked in blood.” Shrapnel severely injured his hand and he was rushed to Turkey for medical treatment.
Now living in Lebanon, the family recently welcomed their newborn Saif into the home but remain in pure survival mode. Midala is blind and young Saif has a hole in his heart. When asked about his outlook, Jaber Wali said he believes with a small investment in sheep, he could turn things around.