Her’s was the first house we visited. It was barely a house, it was just one room which was converted into a living-sleeping-dining-area. She invited us in. There were 7 of us in total, we couldn’t all fit into the room. That was how small the living/sleeping area was.
As I stood in the room, I took in what I saw. There were children asleep on the makeshifts mattresses sprawled on the floor. The room was dark, it only had one window which was covered with newspaper. Hardly any light could seep through.
Every corner of the room was packed with their belongings. Whatever that should be in a house, was all in that one tiny room. I was unsure if they had a separate room for a kitchen but from the looks of it, they cooked in the common area as well. It was that dire.
It was close to noon. Noticing the children still asleep, one of us asked, “Do they go to school?”
She sighed heavily, “No, I can’t afford to put them in school.”
She turned her eyes away.
“Is your husband at work?” I asked when I noticed the absence of a male figure.
With her eyes glued to her sleeping children, she replied “It is just myself, my children, my sister and her children. 6 of us in this room as you see. Our husbands’ syahid (martyred) in Syria.”
“Oh.” I felt awful for asking that question now.
“Do you work?” .
“I do odd jobs. My sister and I do. To keep the family alive. Elhamdulillah.” She nodded slightly.
We thanked her for taking the time to talk to us and made doaa for her that Allah will grant them ease and will continue to provide for her rezq and sustenance.
Understanding the situation of the Syrian refugees shed a different perspective on how important financial donation is.
A monetary contribution, could help sustain a family for a month or several months. It could help keep food in their bellies while trying to search for a decent occupation.
الحمد لله @wecare.bn will have a long-term project which will provide employment and sustenance for the Syrian Refugees.
Please do contact them if you wish to make a financial contribution. Every dollar makes a difference. It keeps the family together.
Brunei’s NGO for Syria: @wecare.bn
Photos by @momentsbyny