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Lebanese Store owner is paying it forward by providing goods to a local refugee community

2016-04-26

This is Nariman, she was born four months ago. Her father, Mahmoud, remembers the night his wife gave birth to their first child. 

MAHMOUD
Syrian Refugee
"Despite all the hardship and the fact that we have nothing, I forgot all of it and replaced it all with happiness. I got to the hospital and felt like I didn’t care about anything else.”

Mahmoud faces the bittersweet reality of having the family he has always longed for, yet, he is unable to fully provide for them with the simple needs like food and fresh water. These are necessities that most people outside of his reality take for granted, but he considers a luxury. 

ABU YAACOUB
Lebanese Store Owner
"No matter how much money I have and I’m comfortable, maybe one day I will be in his situation. At the end, I do this for God’s sake.”

Abu Yaqcoub owns a modest shop in town, where many Syrian refugees, like Mahmoud  have called home for the past couple of years. He has become a godsend for Mahmoud and other Syrian families in the area. He gives them supplies from his store on a credit line, whether or not they are able to pay for it, he still gives them what they need. 

ABU YAACOUB
Lebanese Store Owner
"They are very kind people; we have known them for a very long time and they are good people. No matter what I give them, I will get it back later even if I have to be patient with them. They all come back and pay and if they don’t pay, God will compensate me.”

Mahmoud and his family have been living in sever debt for two years now. Unfortunately, he is not the only one. There is little no work opportunity in Lebanon. To make matters worse, the living expenses are raising and the aid that was once provided to the Syrian refugees has now diminished. One thing is for sure, the local Syrian community can at least find solace in the care and generosity of people like Abu.


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