Nejebar fled Afghanistan with her family after the Taliban threatened to kill anyone who worked for the government, like her husband, Noor.
Imagine how they had felt when the Taliban carried out that threat on another family member, taking out his eyes before killing him.
The last days and weeks in Afghanistan were the hardest. When I went to work, my heart was beating harder. I didn’t know if my family were going to be alive when I got back.Noor
Being stuck in Greek camp is ‘like suicide’
When the family arrived at the makeshift camp in Greece where they’re now stranded, they thought they would only stay for 10 days. But they’ve been there six months and there’s no end in sight.
Noor describes their initial reaction to arriving there: ‘It was like suicide for us. But we took the decision that it is better to die here than to die there from war.’
The only protection they have against the wind and rain is their tent. There’s no school for their children.
Five-year-old Sudai, their youngest, is ill. His tummy is swollen and he hasn’t been growing as he should, but Nejebar and Noor don’t know what’s wrong with him because they can’t communicate with the camp’s doctor, who is Greek.
Everyone should have a safe place to call home
Nejebar’s hope for the future
Nejebar is the rock at the centre of her family, holding them together throughout all this uncertainty.
Despite her meagre circumstances, she has also welcomed brothers Faraidoon (22) and Farzad (13) into her home – they don’t know where their parents are or if they’re even alive.
We still have some hope for our children’s future. We only want a peaceful life. We want our children to go to school. The most important thing is our children.Nejebar
Refugees like Nejebar deserve better than this. Please give generously this Christian Aid Week, so we can build a world where everybody has a safe place to call home.