It’s pretty normal how the Syrian refugee crises had a huge impact on Lebanese citizens whether positively or negatively. I am one of millions been influenced by the refugee crises.
At the beginning of the war, my head couldn’t accept the fact that a war is happening in Syria; the land of peace. I was stubborn that Syrian citizens shouldn’t leave their country, shouldn’t let strangers interfere with the biggest lie of “Arab spring” and devastate Syria. Regardless whether I was right or not, deep down there was a volcano to explode.
Unfortunately, in Lebanon there are two parties, one support the Syrian revolution and the other extremely with Assad regime. I bet most of these people never thought of how it feels when you live inside a tent on a stormy day with no blanket or oil to get warm.
Personally I was passing through a serious dilemma and was not able to figure out who’s telling the truth until I began working with a local Non-Governmental Organization, Solace Foundation in an initiative called Lebanese for Refugees (L4R). At first, I worked as a Social Media Coordinator for a period of one year. I was virtually involved until the first distribution trip to the camps on January 2015 (Campaign to keep them warm)
This trip was a turning point for me. It took me 4 years to realize how difficult and miserable to be a refugee. Back in 2006, Lebanon passed through 33 horrible days! A war between Hizbollah and Israel. I am one of those who ran away to Syria during that period. I started asking myself, what if the 2006 war lasted for 4 years? What if my family and I were obliged to live in a camp with no means of support? Are we able to sustain? Plenty of questions pumped up my brain and wasn’t able to sleep for 2 days after the distribution trip.
A year passed and many things have changed in my personality, specifically after moving to Humanwire and began working as Executive Director of Operations. Being in direct contact with these people daily is so much different than watching them on television or reading their stories on social media platforms. It’s much more miserable and much more harder than you think. For instance, one family may pass two days without having anything to eat and sleep under the rain drops coming from tiny holes on the ceiling. This is horrible!
Working on the field and following up on day-to-day operations with refugees, got me to change my perspective toward life as a whole. I turned out to be more grateful for everything I have, more humble and precisely a positive person.
Nothing is compared to the love, respect and prayers I receive from these beautiful souls whom they deserve to live peacefully in their own land.