Mona, 37, is originally from Aleppo, Syria, which was the country’s largest city before the conflict began more than 10 years ago. She now lives in Jordan’s Azraq refugee camp with her husband and five children. She spoke to CARE about her life in Syria, fleeing the conflict, living in Azraq camp, COVID-19, and finding a new passion in sewing.
A Glimpse into My Life
I’ve enjoyed a happy and stable marriage. My husband and I were successfully managing our lives before the crisis broke out in Syria. Everything was easy, accessible and manageable for us. Back in 2006, my husband moved to Jordan, seeking a job with a higher income. He visited us once every month before the war started. In mid-2012, the borders officially closed and he was no longer able to visit. I was suddenly all alone with four children and pregnant with our fifth child. I always thought that things will eventually get better and we will go back to our normal life, but things got worse instead.
Years of War with My Little Ones
These were the toughest years of my life. I was raising a family on my own in the middle of a war zone. My children were my biggest concern and worry. I just wanted them to stay safe and be as little impacted as possible. They were scared all the time, they were constantly terrified of the noises they heard. Although I was scared to death as well, God gave me the power and courage to try and make it easier for them. Whenever I heard loud bombings, I used to gather my children around me and play games with them. I tried to make them believe that are fully protected and none of us would be harmed. I had no other option. I never left their side; we were right next to one another all the time. My last seven months in Syria were terrifying. They were full of pain and sorrow. It was no longer bearable, but I never lost hope. I just knew it was the right time to leave and provide my children with a life of dignity and safety.