Making Home Away

So I sat them down and told them: the five of us are here, me, you and your father, wherever the five of us are, that place should be your heaven.
Discover their stories


Current 'Home' London, Ontario, Canada

Hallat, a 32-year-old mother of three, describes the difficulties she faced as a refugee in Lebanon:

"It was not a very stable situation, even in Lebanon.  Sometimes there was no electricity or water. School was difficult to join as the priority was for Lebanese children and only if there was an open spot would they take Syrian children.

Syrian refugee students line up for classes at Bourjhammoud Public School

by World Bank Photo Collection is licensed under CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

It was very expensive to live in Lebanon, rent, food and life in general is expensive there. Also, there were serious accidents that happened with Syrian refugees in Lebanon. Syrian refugees were beaten by Lebanese people, the bosses sometimes did not pay the Syrian employees on time or they would not sponsor or extend work permits."

By 2016, over 1 million Syrian refugees had sought safety in neighbouring Lebanon, where many of them found themselves adjusting to a precarious life subject to poverty and exploitation - this blogpost explores research by Coventry University into forced labour, child labour, as well as sexual exploitation and intimidation experienced by many Syrian refugees in Lebanon.


This extract is from an interview conducted by SUZAN ILCAN during 2019 as part of the British Academy funded ‘Lost and Found: A Digital Archive of Migration, Displacement and Resettlement’  project’s Making Home Away archive.