Miriam’s grandson, Louay, has already suffered an irreparable, unthinkable loss as a result of the Syrian conflict.
Just an hour after he was born, Louay’s mother, Sabria, passed away. She had complications during Louay’s birth but due to active shelling outside, her family couldn’t take her to a hospital. She was mostly unconscious the hour before she died, so it’s uncertain whether she got to see her beautiful baby boy – but the family ensured Louay was named according to Sabria’s wishes.
Like many other husbands, brothers, and sons, Louay’s father is also missing, leaving Louay’s care in the hands of his grandmother.
Miram looks after Louay, now nine months old, as best as she can, but admits that at 64 she finds it difficult to run around after him. Perhaps more daunting are the challenges of providing him with food, shelter, healthcare and education as he grows up.
She points to the sore on Louay’s round face. She’s not sure what it is as they haven’t been able to see a doctor during the last four months. But, she is concerned as Louay hasn’t received any of the vaccinations that a child his age would normally have had.
World Vision and other organisations are working in the Bekaa Valley to provide refugees with the basics: food, clean water, toilets, as well as safe spaces and educational opportunities for children. The needs continue to grow as new families arrive in the area every day.
With no end in sight for the Syrian conflict, the future for refugees like Louay and Miriam is uncertain. Like most mothers, she is concerned more about the others in her care than herself. “If I die, I hope that God will protect my children,” she says.
How you can help
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