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Hana Abwini Photo: Ms. Rahil Zeidan/Najdeh. Hana Abwini is a refugee in Shatila camp, Beirut since 2013.

The sweet noise of life

- Can you imagine the depth and weight of feeling that would overwhelm you in that moment when you witness the bombardment of your house while you stand helpless? Two years ago Hana Abwini fled Yarmouk, Syria. Today she lives in the refugee camp Shatila in Lebanon.


- Your house is not just a pile of stones; it is your memories, dreams, warmth and that lovely noise of life. Once your house is destroyed all that disappears, the sweet noise of life, the dreams, the warmth and of course the security, says Hana.

Psychodrama sessions for women

Today Hana Abwini lives with her husband and two children in a in a one-room apartment with no facilities in Shatila, Lebanon.  The family cannot afford to buy clean water and therefore often are forced to drink unhealthy water that makes them sick. Both kids are malnourished. Diakonia's partner organization Najdeh help Hana and other vulnerable refugees with money for rent, electricity, food and water.

- The day I left Syria I realized that I had lost everything, with my family I escaped death, the kind of death that hits you in seconds due to snipers, bombardment and besiege yet being a refugee in Lebanon means facing  a different type of  death, the slow one due to the harsh socioeconomic conditions we are enduring here.

Hana is part of the psychosocial work that Diakonia's partner oganization Najdeh engages in, aiming to provide a space for women refugees to face and deal with their trauma while bridging gaps between Palestinian and Syrian refugees.

-  It is hard to survive the day. But for the sake of my two kids I wish tomorrow will be better so they can get an education, work and afford a life with dignity and without discrimination. For me, I only wish to control the dark memories of fear and insecurity. It is not easy to be a refugee let alone being a refugee with two young kids.