The burden of taking care of her children alone in a war zone is a heavy one every day for Umm Mohammed, but Eid is especially hard.
Her husband was killed in an airstrike in Syria, and since then, she has moved her three children from place to place, looking for somewhere safe to stay. Sometimes she works in the olive groves, harvesting olives and watering trees, to get food for the children.
The memories of the past are strong, and they contrast sharply with life as it is now. Especially on holidays. “When Eid comes, we feel depressed,” she said. “There are no sweets, gifts, and new clothes. I don’t have enough money to get the Eid needs, and we hope to get back to our old home one day so I can get everything for my children.”
Islamic Relief staff found her near Idlib last year and brought a very special gift from caring people in the United States—Eid meat. “You have filled my children’s hearts with joy and happiness,” she said. “May Allah bless you and reward you for putting a smile on my children’s faces.”