Previously, Micheline lived in Homs with her parents and her brother. Her father worked as a joiner in the building.
Several years ago their home was bombed by air raids and her father, who was near the house at the time, was seriously injured and lost his leg.
Micheline, who was away for the day visiting one of her friends in Damascus, found it impossible to return to Homs as the Damascus/Homs Road had become too dangerous for travel. She therefore decided to remain in the Syrian capital and rent a small apartment.
Following the bombing of their home in Homs, the family situation became very tense and Micheline’s parents separated. The mother and brother decided to remain in Homs and the father went to live with Micheline in her apartment in Damascus. Today the family is still split in two and Micheline and her father have no more contact with her mother and brother who have stayed in Homs.
Micheline is now working as a housekeeper in Damascus. Her father is not working. Following his arrival in Damascus, he unfortunately fell and broke a bone above the amputated part of his leg. He carries out small tasks but his state of health makes it difficult to have much hope of finding a reliable job. He and his daughter are not earning enough money to cover all their current expenses, in particular the rent for the apartment in which they live and the father’s medical costs.