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Escaping Homs
24 February 2012

Ahmed lives in an agricultural tent

Ahmed* fled Homs with his family two months ago and headed for Wadi Ahmed, Lebanon. He used to be a blacksmith but now he makes ends meet by collecting and reselling junk, earning, on average, just over a dollar a day.

He now lives in an agricultural tent, intended for growing plants, on Lebanon’s northern border. Electrical wires dangle exposed and the shelter isn’t waterproof. When it rains water enters the tent quickly, making the ground muddy and inhabitable.
Ahmed explained, “Because of the cold and wet weather, my children are severely ill with the flu and they have a fever.” Ahmed suffers from stomach problems, and although there is a medical centre in Wadi Ahmed, medicine isn’t easily available.

“I can’t do anything about our awful situation, especially since I fled Syria on foot through an illegal crossing, so I didn’t bring my identification card.”

Islamic Relief provided Ahmed with blankets, a family hygiene kit, milk and nappies for his children. “Thank you to everyone involved in helping me,” said Ahmed, “it has really made a big difference; especially to my children- I haven’t seen them smile for a long time.”

“Thank you and may God reward you greatly for the help and warmth you have brought us.”

*Names have been changed to protect identities

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