Naziha's family forced to flee
Naziha was only three when her family fled after fighting broke out in the camp where they live. Some 400 people died during the battle between soldiers and militants in Nahr al-Bared camp, which went on for months.
The family left with nothing – their home and possessions were destroyed. ‘We left for another camp. I was very afraid for my children,' says Naziha's mum, Malaki.
Conditions in the new camp were awful at first, she says. ‘We lived in a school playground. They divided it with tarpaulin – two families per space.'
After six months, the family secured a flat in the camp. Then, finally, in 2012, they were able to return to Nahr al-Bared. But the trauma has taken its toll, particularly on Naziha and her brother.
Our partner Association Najdeh is helping Naziha come to terms with her difficult experiences and find peace.
Can you help bring peace to other children like Naziha?
- Your gift could help a child like Naziha cope with the fear, stress and anxiety of living through conflict.
- It could pay for counselling, therapy and life-skills classes to help a child find peace.
Helping Naziha find peace
Our partner Association Najdeh has helped Naziha to cope with her fear and anxiety by giving her counselling.
‘The war had a lot of psychological effects on my children,’ says Malaki. ‘When we came back to Nahr al-Bared, everything had changed. Nothing was like it was.’
Naziha has battled with stress – not just because of what she has been through, but also because she fears what the future might hold.
Naziha sees the centre’s psychologist Diana Abbas. ‘When I have stress, Diana helps me and we talk a little bit so that I remove every single stress. All the advice Diana gives to me, I give to my friends when they have the same problems.’
Malaki has seen a difference in Naziha since she started using the centre two years ago. ‘My daughter sits with Diana and does a lot of activities with her. She helps her not to have fear,’ she says.
'Naziha used to not care about anything. She used to need someone to go with her to school and pick her up. She had a lot of fears, and she was stressed a lot. But she comes to Diana and talks to her, and after that everything is all right.’
Be a peacemaker this Christmas
Will you give a gift to help bring peace to children like Naziha who have lived through violence and conflict?
Peace means to all live in a place where there is no war and where we all live happily ever after’