Warda explains: “I was living with my husband Khair and two sons in the Ghouta of Damascus, Syria, where we were bombed by shells. One day, we were at home when a shell broke into our neighbor’s house and the wall fell on my son Ahmad (20) – he was wounded by shrapnel. We ran away rapidly, but suddenly a barrel felt beside us and my second son was killed. After that we moved from place to place trying to save our lives until we fled to Lebanon.”
They left Syria in 2013 and want to return, even if “by walking”, once it is safe. Khair was a farmer in Syria, but doesn’t have a job now. Ahmad would like to find a job to help support his parents who both have diabetes and blood pressure issues. They receive some food aid but need list their top needs as basic: blankets, mattresses and carpets. Warda would also like to obtain a sewing machine as she has experience using one.