Story of a Syrian refugee family

May 24, 2017

Families and people who are forced to leave their country due because of war, poor living conditions, lack of work and take refugee are not few. One such tragic event of late is the bloody events in Syria which have lead to the death and injury of its civilians.

Displacement is one of many outcomes of this war with many fleeing to neighboring countries for shelter and job opportunities. The Kurds, one of the main ethnic groups in Syria, are not exempt from the fall outs of this war. Thousands of them are forced to head across the border to the Kurdish region of Iraq to escape and to survive. They are settledacross different cities from Erbil to Sulaimani, and Duhok and live with little or no supplies for survival. Some of them have been helped by non-governmental organizations and agencies but their efforts have not yielded relieffor all their problems. The number of these refugees is increasing daily and they are in need of serious help especially as the winter seasonapproaches.

On a visit by the REACH team to Baijan camp in Sulaimani, one of the homes visited was that of Abdulbari Shaikh Musa Ali. A number of children quickly came to the door as if they were waiting for someone to come. When we asked about their parents, one of them said that their father was out working and it was then that their mother came back from looking for drinking water.

This family comprises Abdulbari, his wife Marta Habib and six children. Marta said “we survive out of the little income my husband earns it’s not enough. It is a struggle to live.” “I am the housewife and I take care of the children in this old house” she said, pointing to a small house with few amenities as shown in the picture. They were paying 75 thousand dinars for the rent not including the water and power fees.

It was also tragic to see their children without any clear future, having left school in their hometown and spending their time here with no clear goal in mind. When we asked if they have any intention of returning to their country, she said that they will not go back unless they are sure that they have a source of income to guarantee their survival.

They had no fridge or other accommodation or equipment to facilitate their daily lives. They washed clothes by hand and the house in which they were living was not safe from collapse or leakage.

Despite all the anguish and uncertainties of the war and their lives She smiles superficial, referred that God is their support and they will be fine (God is merciful could clearly see a lot of sorrow and thrilling feelings in their face that I can't express by words….)

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