A Palestine refugee family’s story from Syria to Lebanon

21-year-old Amal describes how she was forced to quit her education and to flee the conflict in Syria by moving to Lebanon.

“We had a life in Syria,” said her father Mahmud, sitting in his small flat in the crammed Palestinian refugee camp of Shatila in a suburb of Beirut, in Lebanon.

“We thought we were coming to paradise, but in fact, life here is hell.” This is the situation for many Palestine refugee families who are forced to flee the lives they set up and start over with nothing in a brand new place.

Mahmud, a Palestine refugee, fled Syria in 2012 with his wife and daughter. The family moved to different parts of Beirut, but unfortunately, in Beirut, the rent is quite high. Due to dwindling resources, they were forced to move to Shatila camp in the south of Beirut.

Under Lebanese law, Mahmud, a former shop owner, is unable to work so he now relies on his 21-year-old daughter to support the family.

Amal says: “In Syria, I was at university studying trade and commerce but now I am the source of income for my family. I have a good education so I work teaching private lessons."