Shamsa's Story

Meet Shamsa

Syria Airstrikes & Earthquakes


Shamsa’s journey began six years ago, fleeing airstrikes in Syria, seeking safety that seemed increasingly elusive. At 70 years old, she stands as a beacon of courage, leading her family through the darkest of times with unwavering determination.

Life before the conflict was ideal. She and her family lived comfortably in homes surrounded by farmland, with all their needs met. But the airstrikes above their house, forced them to abandon their home and farmland.

We left because we no longer felt safe, Shamsa recalls. Now that we have left, we feel like we have died.”


Shamsa cooking outside of her tent.

Shamsa preparing her sewing needle to repair her home.


The earthquakes struck with merciless force, adding a new layer of hardship. Her old tent from another humanitarian aid organizations collapsed, mud piled up, and aid was lost in the chaos. Shamsa vividly remembers the night, standing on the ground with rain falling, feeling the weight of loss and uncertainty.

In partnership with Bahar Organisation, ShelterBox has stepped in to provide support. Durable tents with cement floors have replaced their previous shelters, offering a sense of stability and protection. Cash assistance has helped them pay off debts and secure food, easing some of their burdens.

Through it all, Shamsa’s strength and resilience shine brightly. She sews up their tent during harsh winters, ensuring her family has a safe and warm place to call home. Her determination to provide for her family is unmatched.





As winter approaches, Shamsa’s concerns are great, but her spirit remains unbroken. She is a living testament to the power of womanhood, a shining example of strength, resilience, and empowerment in the face of adversity.

Shamsa repairing her old tent.

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