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30 Jun

Jana’s story

Jana, 35, Syrian Widow, Mother of five Homemaker   “ The Intisar Foundation drama therapy programme made me stronger. The facilitator would lead us through the sessions, telling us that we are, indeed, strong people. I found my strength through their words and our shared experiences.”   My name is Jana. I am a 35-year-old […]

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30 Jun

Malake’s story

Malake, 56, Palestinian – Lebanese Widowed, Mother of five Working as a taxi driver   “I would love to encourage women to be strong. Women are indeed stronger than anyone can imagine, and they are capable of performing many different roles – the mother, the father, the educator, the provider, and yes, even the taxi […]

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9 May

Maya’s story

Maya, 46, Palestinian Married, Mother of three Homemaker Lives in Shatila refugee camp, Beirut, Lebanon   “ When I stood on the stage with everyone in my drama therapy group looking at me and listening attentively, I felt something I never felt before in my life. Not being an important person, but a visible person. […]

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9 May

Jameela’s story

Jameela, 50, Palestinian Married, Mother of six Homemaker Lives in Shatila refugee camp, Beirut, Lebanon   “ Until this day, I think about how I carried this tiny child in my arms and ran in the corridors of the Shatila Camp, blindly searching for safety, when I was just 17. We would run from one […]

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22 Mar

Samia’s story

Samia, 52, Palestinian Married, Mother of three Lives in Shatila refugee camp, Beirut, Lebanon   “Go out, go to [social] centers and ask if they have programmes or activities that can help you improve in any way. Working on yourself is something essential, and you have to take the first step. Do not be ashamed […]

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22 Mar

Amouna’s story

Amouna, 46, Palestinian Married, Unemployed Lives in Shatila refugee camp, Beirut, Lebanon   “Although life can be extremely difficult, I want to say to Arab women to stay strong and keep their faith. We can survive any circumstances we live through, but we do not always have to do it on our own. Intisar Foundation […]

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27 Jan

Lisa’s story

Liza, 41, Lebanese Married, Mother of one Lives in Burj Hammoud, Lebanon   ” The explosion was so powerful that it threw my son and me against the wall. We assumed it was a rocket that struck our house, and I was screaming my heart out, losing control and not comprehending what had occurred. My hand, back, […]

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27 Jan

Hana’s story

Hana, 65, Lebanese Married, Mother of two Employed Lives in Ashrafiye, Lebanon   ” After the 2020 Beirut blast, I didn’t fall apart but my house did. I had invested a lot of effort and money to make that house feel like home. However, I don’t care about the loses. I have been able to cope with […]

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29 Nov

Lamia’s story

Lamia, 43, Palestinian-Syrian Married, Mother of four Lives Shatila Refugee Camp, Beirut, Lebanon   ” Being a refugee has left me feeling defeated in a fight that I have never had a chance to win. ”   My name is Lamia. I am a 43 years old Palestinian-Syrian.   I studied until the seventh grade. […]

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29 Nov

Um Ameer’s story

Um Ameer, 28, Syrian Mother of one son, Unemployed Living in Beirut, Lebanon   ” I felt like I was not a wife, but a maid. My family did not support me or stand by me because they thought it was normal to be treated like this. I felt alone in all my struggles.   […]

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