Ten years into the war in Syria, the repercussions of the conflict continue to be felt, especially by those who managed to escape with their lives.
One of those people is 35-year-old Hala, who has been living in Lebanon with her family for 10 years.
But instead of finding fresh starts and unbridled opportunities, they found financial hardship and emotional despair.
“The situation is very difficult, we've been put through a lot of difficult circumstances. Talking about it is no longer useful. This affected our bodies, and we got sick, it got inside of us, the children were affected and depressed.”
KAROLINA LINDHOLM BILLING
UNHCR Deputy Representative
“This uncertainty about how you are going to survive today, tomorrow and not even thinking about the week after, is a daily inner emergency that people are living through.”
And theirs is not an isolated case, as even Pope Francis pointed out at the past Sunday Angelus.
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Ten years ago, the bloody conflict began in Syria. It has caused one of the most serious humanitarian catastrophes of our time: Countless dead and wounded, millions of refugees, thousands missing, destruction, violence of all kinds and immense suffering for the entire population.
The UNHCR reports that there are about 5.6 million Syrian refugees living in neighboring countries today. And it doesn't seem that their exile will end any time soon.