Four years of civil war in Syria: “Facets of war”

by LKO,  2015/06/19

For four years already, the Syrian conflict, which is getting ever more brutal and desperate, has forced its population to flee the country. Far away from their homes and cities, the Syrians are obliged to observe the destruction of their home country, once the cultural center of the Middle East. Nobody can say when they will be able to return to Syria. In fact, they rather ask about whether they will be able to return one day. Thus, meanwhile nearly four million Syrians are living in the neighboring countries Lebanon, Turkey, Jordan and Iraq, partly under inhuman conditions.

What does such a life do to a person? To a mother, who has left her husband and sons in the fights? To a child, whose future has been taken away by a greater conflict? What does the existence of millions of refugees do to the small county Lebanon? When has the absolute limit been reached?

The humedica series “Facets of war” focuses on these questions, lends the refugees a face and explains the clout of a conflict of this dimension.

Refugees in Lebanon: No way back

In the third part of our series, we are looking at the adult refugees in Lebanon. At parents, who have lost their children in the confusion of the war and on grandparents, who will probably never be able to get back to their home country Syria.

In Lebanon alone, 1.2 million of the whole four million Syrian refugees have sought shelter from the violence in their home country. And the number goes up every day. Fleeing into the seemingly safe neighbor country, they mostly have not only lost all their belongings and their home, they are also confronted with the obligation of finding a living for them and their families now.

Many of them have to pay up to one thousand Euros to the landowners, which gives them the right to live in their makeshift accommodations. Despite international aid, this is a nearly impossible challenge.

After a visit in one of the many refugee camps in Eastern Lebanese Bekaa valley, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees, Antonio Guterres declared: “The dimension of the crisis can hardly be seized any more. Some years ago, we would never have been able to foresee this suffering of the Syrian people.” And thus, the people’s eyes are directed towards the nearby mountains, the direct border to their home country and to their former life.

Our doctor, Mohammad Chaddad has looked behind the scenes in the camp, in which humedica teams assure the medical care for the Syrian refugees. His photos show people marked by their life on the run and whose desperation and resignation remain unimaginable for strangers:

About half of all Syrian refugees is over 18 years old. Photo: Mohammad Chaddad

Many of them could take only the most vital things with them on the flight. Their current life in the provisory emergency shelters is affected by distress and privation. Photo: Mohammad Chaddad

In order to survive, many refugees work as unskilled laborers in agriculture and livestock farming. Photo: Mohammad Chaddad

A hard work, the income of which is hardly sufficient for one’s own existence, let alone the existence of a whole family. Photo: Mohammad Chaddad

Whereas, in summer, everyday life in the refugee settlements can be managed well, according to the circumstances, the people are confronted with nearly irresolvable challenges during winter time. Photo: Mohammad Chaddad

As clean water is scarce, alternative solutions must be found for occurring tasks like washing the clothes. Photo: Mohammad Chaddad

Parents who have lost their children in the war, must now care for their grandchildren alone. Photo: Mohammad Chaddad

What is left to them is a sad gaze at the nearby mountains, behind which their home country Syria is drowning in a whirl of violence. Photo: Mohammad Chaddad

Please become part of our help in Lebanon and show the Syrian refugees with a directed donation that they have not been forgotten. Your contribution helps to assure the medical care for the people and give them a little bit of safety in an otherwise desperate situation. Thank you very much!

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