Meet Um Abdo's Family

A stout-hearted mother of five

" I want to find them a school no matter how much it will cost us" says Um Abdo, but her smile never fades.

It has been more than a year since Um Abdo has left her home in the Syrian province Hama seeking refuge in Lebanon. Along with her husband, mother-in-law and sister-in-law, nephew and five children, this young woman has taken shelter in a single bedroom flat in Sabra camp (southern suburbs of Beirut).

Working at a cardboard factory, her husband Abu Abdo can hardly sustain the family with the minimal wage he earns. So he brings home more work; for 1000 cardboard boxes folded, they get 10$.

With the support of UNHCR and other humanitarian actors they are surviving, but their children are still out of school...

  • Zimo - Musician
    "At the end of the day, we are Syria's youth. If we don't stand by our country, no one will."
  • Sima - Dance Group
    “I don’t want to work or produce anything in my life, I just want to go back home. It’s not my dream, it’s more than...
  • Abed - Volunteer
    "This is a whole generation, a country's generation. What will happen to them in 5 or 6 years if the situation lasts? Until when will it...
  • Douaa - Teacher
    “I said to him: If you don’t get an education and rebuild Syria, then who will?”
  • Um Ali - Housewife
    “My son tells me, one day I’ll run towards him, snatch his school bag and go take up his place at school.”
  • Ali - Weldor
    One has nothing but their homeland, even if  one stays a 100 years abroad.”
  • Dima - Chef
    “I’m afraid someone would tell me they have died or something bad has happened to them. I’d rather not know about it."...
  • Abdel Rahman - The Van Man
    The home of Abdul Rahman and his two sons is a van parked on a Beirut highway. It's where they sleep, eat, study, shower and play.
  • Issam - The Barber
    "Its the lack of money that made me neglect my son's health"