Imad was born in 1969 and lived most of his life in Daraya, where he preferred to stay during the crisis with his 71-year-old mother. Tragically, in early 2016, a missile hit their house and killed his brother and his brother’s wife. Their three children, who are now orphans, had spent that night at Imad’s home, eating with his own children the food he struggled to get that day. After the agreement between the armed opposition and the government made neighboring Harjella secure, Imad, his family, mother and his brother’s orphaned children fled to that city where they stayed at the collective shelter. Unfortunately, the situation in the collective shelter was nearly the same as in Daraya, Imad said. Of course, there was no war and it was safe, but they still felt under siege. He said they were unable to go outside the shelter without approval and he didn’t feel that he had freedom. He was not able to go out whenever he needed to go or to get work, so he tried to find a place he could afford outside the collective shelter. Finally, he heard from people that there was an NGOs working to rehabilitate private shelters for internally displaced people. He could register at the municipality to rent a place that would be rehabilitated and that is just what he did. After the shelter was finished, Imad said, “I feel that I am Syrian citizen with a free life again!” Imad was able to go out and look for a job and said, “I am now working and am supporting my family, because of ADRA! The house has electricity, we have showers, hot water, toilets and lights!” His family is happy and grateful to ADRA and said life is better than before. They are motivated to live life to the fullest, thanking ADRA for their new home!
PRIVATE SHELTER UPGRADE
HARJELLA, RURAL DAMASCUS