Yet another life started from scratch33-year old Suha and her family have fled Syria and are once more starting a new life in Lebanon. But nothing is easy when the future is uncertain.
“Life was different in my hometown, Aleppo. It is not easy to cope with the displacement when you don’t know what tomorrow will look like,” Suha, a Syrian refugee now living in Lebanon.
Suha, her husband and four children are amongst the thousands of Syrian families forced to leave their home and seek refuge in neighboring Lebanon.
“After escaping in the mid of 2013, we moved from one place to another and had to start a new life from scratch,” Suha said.
After two weeks, the young family finally settled in a makeshift tent located in Lebanon’s Bekaa Valley. But this journey has not been easy. In the two years, since they left Syria they have exhausted all their savings to pay for rent and food, and are now completely dependent on humanitarian aid.
Getting help to cope with hardship
While the 33-year-old mother stays at home to look after her two youngest children, her eldest two sons attend a Lebanese school which operates a double shift to allow more Syrian youngsters to continue their education made possible by UNICEF and UNHCR funding.
Via UNICEF and the Danish Refugee Council, Suha has also been able to access structured psychosocial and health support through referrals that she said has significantly improved her capacity to cope with the hardship of the displacement.
“The Danish Refugee Council is giving us helpful information on reproductive health and on parental skills that we can directly put into practice in our daily life.
During the sessions, we ask questions and can speak freely about the problems we are facing,” she said.
“I am reassured when I see that I am not the only one facing challenges. We [women living in the settlement] try to support each other”, she added.
Prays for safe return to Syria
Via their presence in Suha’s settlement, the DRC team was able to assist her to access medical treatment for her medical condition.
As for Suha’s dreams, the young woman said she prays everyday that she can return to Syria and be reunited with her loved ones.
“I wish a better life for my children and I hope they won’t remember the difficulties we experienced during the past years.”
Through funding made available by UNICEF, the Danish Refugee Council seeks to ensure the protection, dignity and wellbeing of women and children are at the center of its programming initiatives.
Since January 2015, more than 1800 caregivers like Suha have attended psychosocial support activities in Northern Lebanon, South and the Bekaa.