Ms Silva Kassabian please tell us the story of your life in Aleppo, and what happened to you during the war and to your family and how you came here to Lebanon
- In Aleppo we were fine, we weren’t that good but thank God we were middle class. Our family consisted of four members, my husband, my son and daughter. My husband was born in in 51, I was born in 60, my son was born in 87 and my girl was born in 92. We saw a lot there, we waited a lot, but then we decided to come here.
What did you do there?
- My husband is a shoe maker, I did not work, my son was also working and my duaghter worked with a hairdresser.
Did you have a comfartable life
- We were ok thank God. It was not that good but it was fine
Why did you flee and come here?
- There was too much explosions. I am ill and I could not take it any more. Our neighbors got injured. After that we thought of leaving. My girl had a local fiance. They told us to leave Aleppo and come to Lebanon. We left and came, they found us a home here and started living here. House rent is too much, we can afford food, but the rent is too high. My son and boy did not work for two months. My son works as a valet parking attendant, but he doesn’t go to work in a uniform, because the Syrians have no right to work. My husband also works now as shoemaker. Income is not that much, thats why we can’t pay the rent. At the end of the month we feel heavy burden as if our backbone is breaking. Its the rent.
How much you pay
- USD 325
Do you have family here, are they ok?
- No, most of our family is either there or left to Armenia. We came here, with my daughter and son...
Whats your biggest difficulty?
- The rent of the apartment, I am not worried that much about food, but the rent is really a problem, we feel the burden. We are really suffering because of that
You seem to have problems with your hand?
- I fell in our apartment and boke my elbow, fractured it. The doctors here asked for 90 thousand, which I could not afford. My husband said lets go to Damascus, there I was in the middle of foreigners, I saw the worst thing, they even stole my pants. Its a shame to talk about these things, its not honorable. I left the hospital in my pijamas, luckily I had them with me. Finally they operated on my hand and I came back and its been three months. We can’t afford medical care here, but we found a way to get, like Jinishian foundation and the Armenian Relief Cross (assisted by Mission East). Whatever is needed we will do. I do not want to be operated again, I will do physical therapy and try to get better.