Father: Ali. Mother: Ghazal. 5 children here: Ramz (12), Tareq (8), Riyad (7), Haytham (2) baby Zahra (4 months). Grandmother: Jeida.
Two families live in two separate rooms at the school, while the rest of the school still operates for the local kids, and the kids of the two families.
“I used to have a workshop where I fixed cars, but it was hit by an airstrike. We lost everything. An airstrike also hit close to our home, and damaged our house, we could not stay there.”
“We fled in a car, it was twenty of us, all in one car.” “People in this village were so kind and let us stay here”
“We don’t want to stay in a settlement, it is shameful. My sister has a mental illness, she needs special care, we need to look after her”
“If the airstrikes stop, definitely we will go back”
“When we hear the jets over us, even here, we get scared, as they might hit the school”
“My mentally ill sister’s situation was better before, but now, after the airstrikes, she has become unable to restrain natural discharges. She needs a lot of special care.”
“We were in a good situation, we did not need anything, now we cannot do anything.”
“I go and work at the khat farms, my bother-in-law repairs cars, I help him, and we got some blankets and other things we need from NRC.”
“We had everything we needed, a house, everything, now we all live together in this small room.”
“It was hard to have this baby under these circumstances"
Photo: NRC/Alvhild Stromme