May 24, 2017
Sahar Hamdy, 26 years old mother graduated from high school worked in a sweet factory in Damascus, is one of the victims of the civil war in Syria. Now, she has been resettled in a refugee camps in one of the cities of Kurdistan. Sahar got married six years ago, and she has two kids, a four years old daughter and three years old son. She has passed the border of Kurdistan since august 2013 and settled in Sulaimanya city. Her husband and his two cousins have been arrested by the Syrian soldiers since 2011. According to her speech, there is no reason for the arrest. After Syrian soldiers captured her husband in Damascus, Sahar went to a village where her dad and family lived. After a while, the Syrian regime tried to take of her children, but she refused to give up her children. After a long struggle, she with her mother decide to run away toward Kurdistan region of Iraq.
Except her children, Sahar has two other children, 11 and 12 years old, with her. She says they are her sisters’ children, and their mother died because of heart attack. Their father was a military officer in the Syrian military. After he tried to run away from the army, he was killed by the regime.
In their way to Kurdistan, Sahar and her accompanies faced a lot of difficulties. Once a smuggler, who showed himself as their guide to lead them to Iraq, could take 300$ from them and live them alone. After they reach the Kurdistan border, the border patrol helped them and sent them to Dohok city. From there, Sahar and her family moved to Sulaimany city on their own expense.
Now, she rents a house in one of the quarters within the city. She only has the first rental cost and a little money to spend for their daily lives. Currently, she is looking after a proper job to provide their basic needs. Also, she tried to put her children in one of the primary schools in Sulaimany, but because they are form Syria, they are not allowed. So, she and many other ask to solve their problems.
Finally, it is not only Sahar and her family facing those difficulties every day, but there are hundreds of Syrian refuges who try to find a job to survive.