Living through History

‘Our son was born here in Jordan, yet I can’t wait to return to Syria. We were living peacefully in our neighborhood. Sunni, Shiites, Christians and Alawi: all together. Until the demonstration day. Our men were singing on the street, and us women were looking down from the balconies. In the distance a tank from the Syrian army slowly approached our alley. We never thought that they were going to shoot at us. My husband got shot in one of his legs and can’t walk anymore. I carry the film footage of that day on my mobile. Look here is our home. You can see that the youngest son of our neighbors was shot. I miss haretna, our neighborhood, every day…’

                                                                                              Umm Kareem and her newborn son from Homs Esseline van de Sande