Life as a refugee during the pandemic

Wednesday, July 08, 2020
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Aida receives food supplies directly at home to reduce the health risk of gathering at group distribution sites. (Photo: MERATH)

Aida is a Syrian refugee living in Lebanon with her husband, mother, daughter and three grandchildren. While they are safe from the fighting in Syria, life in Lebanon is difficult. They live together in one small tent, where water seeps in from the roof during the winter months. Aida and her daughter Hamila can only find work in the summer, which is barely enough for them to afford rent, much less food for their family.

Through Foodgrains Bank member World Renew, Aida’s family has been receiving monthly food packages to help them survive. When the coronavirus disease reached Lebanon, the country went into lockdown and Aida’s family was forbidden to leave their tent. “We are very afraid of the virus, especially for the children and for us as we are old,” she says. “If we were to catch the virus, we would never be able to get proper treatment.”

We hope the situation will get better shortly and that God will open the right doors for our family and for everyone.”

Around the world, Foodgrains Bank members worked quickly to adapt their essential food programs amid the pandemic. Aida and her family continue to receive the food they need to survive this crisis and are hoping for the day when COVID-19 no longer makes an already challenging life more difficult.

“We hope the situation will get better shortly and that God will open the right doors for our family and for everyone. May He remove this plague from us and from the world.”

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