President Trump come to see us, says Syrian girl in refugee camp

February 16, 2017 | By | Reply More

Hana khalaf, what you see now is how we live every day, says surrounded by a half-dozen young children, her nephews, nieces and cousins, huddled together on the tent floor. “Life is monotonous. The situation is difficult. Imagine, you never know when your tent will catch fire.”

president trumpSyrian Families crammed into ramshackle tents. Children playing amid garbage. Their parents, bewildered and fearful — with no place to go.

That is horrible life in Jdita, for displaced Syrian’s in a settlement center for Syrian refugees in Lebanon’s Bekaa Valley.

Her country has been in war for six years. There are 4.8 million refugees from Syria’s civil war. That’s more than five times the number of Palestinian refugees created by the Arab-Israeli war of 1948.

An estimated 1.6 million Syrians refugees are flooded into Lebanon, where most can’t get work permits due to onerous local regulations. Many of the children in Jdita have no school to attend.

So the families wait endlessly in their tents — for something to change.

But nothing does.

Sana’ Jassem clutches a crying baby, standing by a sheet-metal-covered well and a fire crackling by a tire. She and her husband, Toufic Salem-Ali, a farmer from outside Aleppo, fled the city when the shelling started in 2013. Toufic has nothing to farm now. “Life is difficult when the man does not work,” Sana’ says, looking at her husband as he stares off into space. “Most days, one stays hungry when the man does not work.”

Moutaz Khalaf, 33, Hana’s brother, has mournful eyes as he tells the tragic story of his family. He had been a senior lawyer in the Syrian Directorate of Agriculture in Aleppo. In 2013, his mother left for a trip to Lebanon — and disappeared, taken captive by regime soldiers.

“I’ll never forget that day,” he says. Five months later, his brother — a former soldier in the Syrian army — was traveling in territory controlled by the rebel Free Syria Army (the FSA) and disappeared as well. “I feel like I have bad feelings for the number seven, because my mother disappeared on the seventh of April and my brother on the seventh of September,” he said.

Then a friend, a fellow government employee, was arrested by Syrian Air Force Intelligence. “They took him, and after 16 days, they released him as a corpse, as a result of torture and electrocution,” Khalaf says.

Press journalist for HRO media – Ignacio Damigo reports.

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