Syrians have been facing devastating circumstances, especially since the last ten years. The country has been a victim of air raids whereby forceful measures were carried out and left thousands of Syrians homeless, as well as hopeless. 

One of the Syrians interviewed, Um Hazem, who is a mother of nice children and worked as a farm labourer, painfully confessed:

“I had my own little house and we were fine until the air raids forced us out. I can’t go back to my home…it’s been destroyed.”

Those same air strikes had killed one of her sons and left her three orphaned grandchildren to support when their mother was unable to keep them with her. Most Syrians, like Um Hazem, thought that they would be able to return to their homes, farms and jobs temporarily within months, expecting things to change or go back to how they used to be.  However, they have been pushed tighter and tighter up against the border with Turkey, forcing them to cope with a continuous hopeless existence that has become “normal”. 

Now, the Children growing up here don’t even know what four walls and a warm bed feels like. They usually have no school, run barefoot through muddy lanes in winter or get eaten alive by sand flies in the summer. Fathers go out each day looking for work only to return most days with nothing. COVID-19 barely registers in their minds when the looming lack of food and shelter hits up.

This is what ten years of war has done to a society of farmers and working-class folks who lived in this rustic part of Syria. The folks with education and skills have made their way out to other parts, leaving the most poor and desperate behind.

Mercy-USA for Aid and Development has been on the ground in Syria providing food, shelter, winter heat and healthcare since 2013. We began with a humble 1,000 food baskets to the neediest families in Aleppo. Today, with generous support from our partners and donors we distribute monthly food baskets to more than 250,000 individuals living in northwestern Syria. We operate a stationary health clinic as well as mobile healthcare teams to reach the most vulnerable in the camps–women and their young children. Mercy-USA’s projects focus on improving health, nutrition and access to safe water, as well as promoting economic and educational growth around the world.

The war in Syria has created or worsened the dysfunction, tragedy and loss that plague women like Um Hazem. Northwestern Syria has an estimated 2.7million internally displaced persons, most of whom are crowded into tent camps, vulnerable to the elements, merciless government attacks and hopeless poverty. Um Hazen told the NGO that the food basket delivered each month is more than she could ever provide alone. She said:

“It’s a great help that keeps my little ones fed.”

Contribute your share for the lives of hundreds and thousands of people in Syria as well as other countries. Donate to Mercy-USA and earn great rewards by becoming a part of a great cause!

The author

Rida Ghaffar