Abu Samer, 56, is a man who is, in his very person, a summing up of the ongoing Syrian Crisis. After being displaced with his wife and four children, he ended up living in a shop where there is only one empty square meter to sleep over their belongings, with neither a bathroom nor a kitchen (all had to go to the neighbor’s to relieve themselves!).
When he was monitored by ORVs, his son’s burial paper was still in his hand in the aftermath of a bombing in Bab Touma forty days before. At this point, there was more crying than talking!
Souad is 60. She fled Aleppo to Rural Damascus, Jaramana, with eight married children. Displacement forced them to live and their families together with their mother in the same house. With the deteriorating living conditions, the family faced material hardships and financial pressures and, soon enough, problems caused by cramming so many people in a small space surfaced and made things even worse.
The Livelihood Tool-kit Program targets IDPs, returnees, and affected host community members. In compliance with specific criteria, the Program aims to promote their self-reliance and facilitate their return to the labor market by improving access to a range of professional work tools.
While monitoring the local community at al-Zahira district, we met Mrs. Samar al-Sayeq, 53, displaced from the Yarmouk Refugee Camp. Samar’s family consists of a husband who is ill (lumbar disc herniation) and unable to work, a sick son and his wife, and a repudiated daughter. All of them live together and have no source of income but selling bread in the street.