Refugee and migrants often face staggering challenges and risks when fleeing contexts of conflict, persecution or poverty. Some of them agreed to share their experience with us, telling us stories of hardship, but also of gratitude and hope for a better future.
Damascus, 20 January 2017 - Randa* is one of the many Syrian elderly who were displaced by the ongoing war and are currently living in the Damascus area. Due to her age, Randa suffers from health issues which resulted, among other things, in incontinence problems. Quite embarrassed by this situation, Randa started hiding at home all day, refusing to meet people and heavily relying on her granddaughter Amira for her everyday needs.
Damascus, 13 January 2017 - 19-year-old Leen, a young Syrian mother whose baby suffered serious health complications right after being born, has finally been able to head back home together with her child after receiving assistance and medical care through the International Catholic Migration Commission (ICMC). Leen, who is originally from the city of Alhajar Alaswad in southern Syria but has long been displaced in Damascus due to the ongoing conflict, approached ICMC’s local health workers the month before her delivery, being very anxious for her baby’s health.
Mafraq, 13 January 2017 - Elias* is just one of the many kids whose childhood has been devastated by the ongoing conflict in Syria. He is 7 years old and lives with his family in Mafraq, Jordan, an urban area densely populated by refugees, where they arrived in 2014 after fleeing the horrors ravaging his hometown, Homs. Because he was so distraught and traumatized by the war, the ICMC staff recommended Elias joins other kids playing in the Child Friendly Space at ICMC’s local Protection Center, hoping this would help ease his tensions.
Mafraq, 15 August 2016 - Farid* and Amira* are a Syrian couple originally from Aleppo. Together with their seven children, they escaped the brutality of the Syrian war to find shelter in Jordan. The perilous journey took them through rural villages across the Syrian countryside before they were finally able to cross the Jordanian border on foot, during the night. They are currently living in Mafraq, in the north of the country.