Episode Two: Palestinian Family Moves from Iraq to Al-Waleed

The Alawsaj family remains hopeful and do what they can to survive as they wait for their resettlement case to become successful.

 

In 2007, the Alawsaj sisters leave their grandmother’s home in Iraq and move to the Al-Waleed refugee camp by the border of Iraq and Syria. Fearful of the violence and death that followed Palestinian families in Iraq, the girls’ mother makes the decision to move in hopes of providing a better life for her family.

Unfortunately, life in the camp is extremely difficult. Resources are scarce and large families are housed in tents with no plumbing or proper shelter from the rain or heat. Not only do the sisters deal with natural obstacles such as lack of water and fires, but the threat of violence still lingers in the camp.

However, the Alawsaj family remains hopeful and do what they can to survive as they wait for their resettlement case to become successful.

Nearly all of the Middle East’s refugees have come from Syria, the Palestinian territories and Afghanistan the past several years

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