INSIDE THE TENTS OF SYRIAN REFUGEE MOTHERS
STEP INSIDE THE TENTS OF SYRIAN REFUGEE MOTHERS IN LEBANON AND MEET REEM AND MAHA, MOTHERS OF SMALL CHILDREN.
A SAT-7 team recently visited Lebanon’s Bekaa Valley, home to hundreds of thousands of Syrian refugees. Reem’s family received our staff members into their home, welcoming them warmly with coffee.
Reem’s “home” is a plastic tent that sits alongside the dirt road of a Lebanese farmer. Fifteen family members share one tent. Pieces of cloth are the only walls separating the toilet, kitchen, and sleeping areas. There are two beds for the eldest family members. Rugs provide some separation from the hard, cold floor where they walk and play with the children.
Her child is very thin; as a SAT-7 worker noted, his skin is close to the bone. She is still nursing her baby, a physical commitment that requires an immense amount of proper nutrients. During their visit, Reem fainted, possibly due to inadequate nutrition.
Among the family’s few possessions are a sewing machine used for making clothes and a television. (About one in every four tents in this neighborhood has a satellite dish and TV.) Reem and her family have not watched SAT-7 before, but the team introduced them to our Arabic language channels and gave them cards with the satellite frequencies where SAT-7 ARABIC and SAT-7 KIDS may be accessed.
Reem has big dreams for her family’s future. But she’s consumed with the challenges of just meeting their basic daily needs. Secluded and stifled by poverty, Reem’s voice only travels so far.
WIDOWED AT 30
In another tent community, a SAT-7 worker visited with a recently widowed mother of eight children. Maha’s* husband died in a motorcycle accident in Lebanon, shortly before she gave birth to her youngest son. At thirty-years-old, she is left to raise these eight children, and dependent upon aid and friends in the camp to assist her. She cannot work with a baby at home and with no other family nearby.
Our SAT-7 worker said, “Through our interpreter, we prayed for each family; for their hardships to be lifted; also, for God to intervene and reveal Himself to them; for those with medical needs, like a sick child; and for families back in Syria, and so on. These prayers were appreciated.”
“As we were leaving, the children gathered around for photos and to give us hugs and hold hands. They were so happy that we cared enough to come and visit.”
YOUR SPIRITUAL IMPACT
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*Names changed for security