"I will make sure Yahya, Helen and Isara go to school because it can give them a better chance in life. It is essential/necessary for children to be educated – education could deter them from walking down the wrong path… and help them towards a better future."

Hinda’s husband abandoned her in the first weeks of war. He left her with three children, all under the age of four. “It has been very hard. I hope every day that we will be able to return to Syria. We watch the news though and we see many bad things happening. But still, we must find peace.”

Hinda has a much prized sewing machine and is hoping to take on more tailoring work.

“This tent is our world now,” says Hinda. “It must be everything for us – it is our place to sleep, to cook, to play and for me to work.”

Hinda had a house in Damascus and her children went to school before the war started.

“My house in Syria was simple and small, like other poor Kurds in my situation. .But I was working and looking after myself.”

Today Hinda and her three children Yahya (now five), Helen (three ) and Isara (two) share one small tent in the Basirma Refugee Camp in Northern Iraq.

“I left school when I was young and I realize now how it could improve your life. I might be 42 year old uneducated mother, but I would learn anything now if I was given the chance. Anything that could make my life and the children’s lives better.”

Syria has buckled under the strain of the conflict. More than four years of war has left the country’s praised education system in rubble and the health infrastructure bereft of proper attention, causing resurgence in diseases long eradicated. At the same time basic goods have increased dramatically in price as work has become scarce.

With no work and a war getting closer every day, Hinda’s siblings fled to Iraq and in early February she made the same choice. Carrying one small bag with a change of clothes for each child they braved the crossing and became refugees from Syria.

While life in the refugee camp is far from easy, Hinda is determined to work and educate her children.

As a single mother Hinda is constantly worried about her family’s safety; yet determined to work and give her children a better life.

Hinda believes she will return home one day and that peace must be found.

Show Hinda and her family that there is always a place for hope and Peace.

Believe in Hinda

Hinda and her family rely on UNHCR support in addition to her work. UNHCR is continuously working with its donors and partners to identify vulnerable families like Hinda’s and to move them to better shelter.




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