“To assist individuals in Syria, we face difficulties and risks from dawn” – Syrian Arab Republic
Hamza * has spent the previous six years residing other than his spouse and kids whereas supporting the life-saving work of Islamic Reduction in Syria. Because the nation marks a decade of disaster, Hamza explains what drives him and why humanitarian help is required greater than ever.
It has been 10 years for the reason that brutal disaster in Syria started, and thousands and thousands of persons are nonetheless residing with the ache and struggling of the disaster. Many are orphans, widows and the aged who’re much more weak right this moment than earlier than.
These individuals don’t have anything to do with the disaster, however they’ve suffered quite a bit. Their villages have been attacked, forcing them to flee again and again in a determined quest for security. They misplaced their properties, their family members, their livelihoods, their schooling, their safety – all the pieces they as soon as took without any consideration.
In some ways, I understand how they really feel. I, too, have been compelled to go away my residence a number of occasions due to the fixed shelling.
Right here in northern Syria, uprooted households dwell in dire poverty, in fragile tents and shelters that provide little safety from the scorching warmth and freezing winters. We help staff take into account these individuals to be our household and it’s our obligation to help and assist them..
Private sacrifices to proceed the work that saves lives
To guard my spouse and kids from the bombing, I moved them to a neighboring nation. Though it’s troublesome to be away from my household, I’m devoted to my work right here in Syria, so I made a decision to remain right here to help those that battle.
I solely spend a number of days with my household every so often and need to journey to a neighboring nation to see them. ** It makes me so joyful to speak to my spouse and children by way of video name. ** We now have to dwell aside in order that I can proceed working right here, however I’m prepared to take action as a result of it means I will help these in want right here in northern Syria.
Our strains of communication are continuously minimize as a result of bombardments, which implies that I typically can’t contact my spouse and kids; that is inflicting us all nice misery as a result of if they don’t hear me, they worry that I’m caught in an airstrike and picture the worst.
The challenges of humanitarian help in Syria
Working right here is extraordinarily harmful. Residing in a crisis-ravaged nation means rigorously planning each transfer and making preparations to ensure we are able to journey safely between areas. We journey via very harmful areas to achieve the individuals we help, so from the second the solar rises within the morning, the challenges of on a regular basis life start.
Other than these risks, I additionally encounter many difficulties with issues thought-about unusual in different international locations.. Since so many individuals are displaced right here, discovering a home to hire could be very troublesome – after a month of looking out I nonetheless have not discovered one. If I would like gasoline for my automotive, I do know I might face hours of looking for gasoline and never discovering it. If I’ve to cost even a laptop computer, I’ve to start out interested by easy methods to discover a generator and gasoline to run it, which may take all night time. Water is not at all times out there for laundry or showering, so I depend on transportable water tanks which implies water is usually arduous to search out.
It’s actuality. Easy issues are troublesome to realize right here in northern Syria.
Coronavirus has made troublesome state of affairs worse
The coronavirus has made life much more troublesome. I do what I can to guard myself in order that I can proceed to serve individuals, but it surely’s scary to be round individuals.
Though I respect well being and security guidelines and apply social distancing, I caught the virus myself as soon as. It was a really troublesome expertise. I felt extraordinarily weak and had a excessive temperature and a dry throat. I might not work and needed to keep in my room, away from my kin. My neighbors kindly took care of me with scorching drinks and medication.
I thank God for recovering and with the ability to return to work. This pandemic will worsen and the variety of instances right here will improve as it’s unimaginable for individuals sharing a tent to be socially distanced. I pray to Allah to maintain the pandemic away from right here, in order that individuals who have suffered from crises, bombings, displacement, ache, starvation and illness not face hardship.
Hope for a greater future in Syria
On the tenth anniversary of the Syrian disaster, I would like each displaced individual to return residence, each mom who has been separated from her kids to be reunited with them and peace to reign on this nation.
As for me, I wish to dwell once more with my spouse and kids. I want to keep near them, care for them and dwell a cheerful life.
Simply final 12 months, Islamic Reduction help staff like Hamza helped 2.5 million individuals affected by the Syrian disaster. Together with your help, we are able to proceed to be their lifeline. Donate to Islamic Reduction Now.
* The title has modified to guard his identification