I am 30 years old. I am married with five children. I am from a small village in northern Syria. I came to Lebanon four months ago. We left our home because of the heavy shelling and airstrikes. We slept outside for four days with the children. We suffered from hunger, thirst, cold, and shelling. Then we all decided to leave to Lebanon.
My husband is sick, he has problem with his lungs. He works only when he can get the energy. I also had a recent surgery to remove a benign cyst. We came to Shatila because it was the cheapest place to find quickly. When I have free time I go to the vegetable market and walk around. We don’t have enough money to buy milk for my youngest daughter. I find that life in Shatila is hard. There is little aid. Only our neighbors have helped us sometimes, but mainly there is little support.
My heart burns because of all the problems. I spend most of the time at home. I don’t meet anyone. I’m not relaxed. I’m exhausted. We can’t afford to leave Shatila, even though our apartment is tiny, with only one room. I hope that the situation in Syria calms down and we can return and rebuild our house there. (July 20, 2017)