Despite all sorrows she had witnessed, war could not put out the glitter in her hazel eyes, where Alaa had to leave her home in Al-Hajar Al-Assoad to save her five children, and her motherhood feeling to save anything else from their belonging. She says as a mother: “we had a House and our own stuff, whereas now we only have each other and that’s all that matters.”
The 30-year-old lived two displacements experience with her family, first one to Quneitra, while the second to Jdaedet Al-Fadel in rural Damascus where she is living a skeleton-building for the last three years. Every month she commutes for a not so short journey to SARC distribution center in Maysat area to receive a hygiene kit for her infant daughter. She also receives her food share from a distribution center near her home in order to help her husband as possible to provide their children’s needs and alleviate life’s burdens.