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Running away from conflict, bombs and shelling

Mohammed had to flee the devastating conflict in Syria to protect his family

Imagine your home being bombed and destroyed twice. What would you do in order to protect your children?

Mohammed decided to flee the devastating conflict in Syria in search of a safer place for him and his family.

They had been living in an unfurnished room in a building for four months when we first met them. But their life hadn’t always been like that.

Left without a choice


Before they were forced to flee, Mohammed had a beautiful house and farmland where he grew wheat and raised sheep.

The first time their house was bombed, Mohammed decided to stay and rebuild.

But the second time they saw the planes bombing their home, the family had no choice; they had to leave.

They fled quickly, leaving everything behind. Eventually they reached a displacement camp, where they found an empty room to stay in.

Help families like Mohammed's

Mohammed told us how difficult living away from home is. They have no electricity, water is very scarce and there are open sewage channels.

What's more, there are no schools for his four children to go to and no medical facilities. They stayed in the building for four months, until the owner of the building told them they couldn’t stay there anymore.

With five days to find a new home, Mohammed was worried for his children. He borrowed some money and materials and he built a tent to shelter his family. But they did not have enough blankets or clothing to withstand the harsh winter.

 

Now we live in a tent and with the rain and cold the situation is worse. Winter is hard and cold, to keep the children warm we cover them with blankets.

A wish for the new year


We supported Mohammed's family with aid items such as mattresses to sleep comfortably, solar lights to help them move around in the dark, and warm clothes for the cold nights.

Mohammed thanked ShelterBox and our partner ReliefAid for providing the family with the essentials to go through the ruthless Syrian winter. 

When asked what his wishes and hopes were for the New Year, Mohammed’s oldest son Majid replied: 

I hope to return to my home and school, to play with my friends and the planes stop killing us.

Our work in Syria

The conflict in Syria is entering its ninth year.

The brutal civil war has so far caused the displacement of nearly 700,000 people. We're working with our partners to help those affected. Thanks to your support, we've helped thousands of families like Mohammed's. 

Our work in Syria