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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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1 Nov

Amal’s story

Amal, 39, Palestinian Married, Mother of four Lives in Shatila Camp, Beirut, Lebanon   “I used to believe that a woman’s place was in the home, to mop and clean, because my family raised me with the mentality that women could not do this or that. Everything was forbidden.   My husband had surgery a […]

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1 Nov

Afamia’s story

  Afamia, in her 40s, Syrian Married Arabic and the Quran teacher Lives in Tripoli, Lebanon   “While I was growing up, due to the backwards mentality in Aleppo (Syria), many people believed that studying was not a good option for girls, hence I was removed from school after 9th grade.   After the Intisar […]

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5 Sep

Ayyat’s story

  “We had to flee to Lebanon to preserve our lives”   Ayyat, 30 Palestinian-Syrian refugee Married,  mother of 5 Unemployed Lives in Shatila refugee camp in Beirut, Lebanon   “The smallest things used to make me angry, often to the point that I behaved very negatively. For example, I would often hit my children when […]

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4 Sep

Rajaa’s story

“I used to spend most of my time crying”   Rajaa, 50 Lebanese Divorced Single caretaker of a son with mental health issues Unemployed Lives in Beirut, Lebanon   “When my friends first advised me to join the Intisar Foundation drama therapy programme, they knew I had reached a state of helplessness. I was so exhausted mentally […]

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3 Sep

Rose’s story

  “The weight of the secrets that I carry has now subsided”   Rose, 53 Lebanese Widow,  mother of 3 Artisan Lives in Beirut, Lebanon   “I now believe that if we do not talk about our troubles they will never get resolved. There were many things that I had never shared with anyone, but I was […]

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2 Sep

Ruwayda’s story

  “I have a constant feeling of fear about life”   Ruwayda, 40 Lebanese Mother of 4 Unemployed Lives in Tripoli, Lebanon   “After the foundation’s drama therapy programme, I felt as if I was born again as a completely new and different person.”   “I have a stronger personality and now have friends who care […]

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1 Sep

Fatima’s story

  “I have started to breathe and feel more”   Fatima, 42 Syrian Divorced,mother of 4 Entrepreneur Lives in Burj El Barjne Beirut, Lebanon   “When I was in Syria, I had a certain social status. I was a financially independent business woman. Yet, when the war happened, I became just a refugee.”   Fatima […]

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