From Syria, Wiam (6) stands in front of her tent in Bekaa Valley, Lebanon, January 2017.
In Syria Wiam’s father worked at a textile factory in a village in the Eastern Ghouta of Damascus.
In August, 2013, they had to leave. Wiam’s mother Fatima explains: “The bombing was so heavy over us. We moved from our region to a nearby village, but even there we sustained bombings by barrels, tanks and rockets. We moved again to another village and stayed about two months hiding in a basement. We moved to another area for nine months but then there were chemical weapons – it was a massacre. We were trying to inhale the vinegar to stay alive. After three days, they opened the roads for the people to escape out the region and I took my kids and fled to Lebanon.”
Her sister Rihim likes to study and enjoys Arabic literature but has some health issues, as does her father. He sometimes works as a porter but would love to find a steady job. Wiam said she enjoys playing and would like to one day have a Barbie. The family said they hope to one day return to their hometown in Syria when it becomes safe again.