Samira has been forced to live in a refugee camp in Lebanon. Photo: Luca Sola/Oxfam

Blog: Syria's women sitting in limbo

I recently met Reema*, a 19-year-old Syrian girl, in a refugee camp in Lebanon. Back in Syria, Reema had her whole life before her. She'd just finished high school, and was about to go to university to study. She was eager to work and set up her future.

Then, her family home was bombed and she, her parents and sisters had to flee. Now she sits in a camp with no chance of further education, no prospect of independence, and — in her eyes — no real hope of a better future.

Sadly, Reema's story is just one of many among the people of Syria.

El dibujo de Reema, mostrando su casa en Siria

Blog: Reema, refugiada siria de 12 años: "Mi último día en casa"

Reema es una niña de doce años que tuvo que huir de su país, Siria, junto a sus padres y sus hermanos. Se refugiaron en el Líbano. Esto ocurrió hace un año.

Reema's drawing, showing her home in Syria

Blog: Reema, 12, Syrian refugee: "My last day at home"

Reema is a 12-year old girl who had to flee her country, Syria, with her parents and siblings. They found refuge in Lebanon. That was a year ago.

Reema was a bright student and loved studying, but she hasn't been able to go to school since she left her country. She still enjoys writing and drawing, to tell her tragic story. Here below is one of her texts, in which she remembers her "last day at home" in Syria.

Réfugiés de Syrie au Liban : « nous ne sommes pas seuls »

Blog: Réfugiés de Syrie au Liban : « nous ne sommes pas seuls »

« Maman, sommes-nous devenus des mendiants ? » La fille de Sahra lui a posé cette question. C’est d’ailleurs littéralement la première chose qu’elle nous raconte lorsque nous la rencontrons avec d’autres femmes réfugiées à Shabreeha, dans le sud du Liban.

Femme et enfants réfugiés syriens sous une tente, camp de Zaatari, Syrie. Photo: Anastasia Taylor-Lind/Oxfam

Blog: Appel des Nations unies pour la Syrie : les gouvernements doivent financer l'aide humanitaire maintenant !

« Nous n’avons pas d’eau. L’électricité est régulièrement coupée. Des rats et des souris courent partout. Il y a un total manque d’hygiène. C’est impossible de garder quoi que ce soit propre. Le toit fuit... Nous n’avons jamais vécu comme ça en Syrie. Nous n’aurions jamais imaginé devoir un jour vivre dans de telles conditions. » Yasmin*, 33 ans, mère de quatre enfants

Woman and children, refugees from Syria, sitting in a tent in Zaatari camp, Jordan. Photo: Anastasia Taylor-Lind/Oxfam

Blog: UN Syria appeal: Governments must fund the aid effort now!

“We don’t have water. We don’t have electricity on a regular basis. There are lots of rats and mice running around. Nothing is hygienic. It’s impossible to keep everything clean. The roof leaks... we never lived like this in Syira. We never thought we would ever have to live like this.”Yasmin*, 33, mother of four

Syrian refugees in Lebanon: “We are not alone”

Blog: Syrian refugees in Lebanon: “We are not alone”

“So mummy are we beggars now?” is a question Sahra’s daughters asked her. It’s virtually the first thing she tells us when we visit her and other women refugees in Shabreeha, South Lebanon. The women have been in Lebanon between four and ten months. Sahra (35), her husband and three children fled the conflict in Syria with little but the clothes they were wearing. The clothes have had a lot of wear. She says, “My children are ashamed when they go out.”

Zapatos azules

Blog: Refugiados de Siria: Reema, una chica cuyo rostro nunca veréis

Hoy conocí a una chica cuyo rostro nunca veréis porqué le asusta mucho lo que sucederá cuando regrese a Siria. “No quiero que me saquen fotografías porque me preocupa que cuando volvamos a Siria nos pueda pasar algo”. Os voy a citar literalmente lo que me dijo, y pensaréis que me lo inventado, pero no es así. Tiene 12 años pero parece tener 25.

Blue shoes

Blog: Syria refugees: Reema, a girl whose face you'll never see

Today I met a girl whose face you'll never see because she’s too scared about what will happen when she returns to Syria, “I don’t want my photograph to be taken because I’m afraid that when we go back something might happen to us.” If I quoted her on everything she said you would say I made it up. She's 12 going on 25.

Why Syria is Oxfam’s number one priority

Blog: Why Syria is Oxfam’s number one priority

Recent UNHCR figures (UN High Commissioner for Refugees) show the rapid escalation of the refugee crisis engulfing Syria and neighboring countries.


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