The motivation, spirit and resilience of these moms should inspire all of us.
Nothing is stronger than a mother’s love. You see it in the lengths refugee mothers go through to protect their children.
Mothers like Um Abhoud who fled Syria in 2013. It was the only way to keep her children safe from the war.
“I miss my land, my home, my family. I miss everything from Syria. […] The most important thing is that we are sheltered all together in this house and that we are happy.” -Um Abhoud
Mothers like Christine whose youngest child was born a refugee in Uganda last month. She braved a multi-day trek through the bush with her family to escape violence in South Sudan.
“We walked for three days without food and water. I thought I would deliver [my baby] on the way.” -Christine
Single mothers like Ada who made the dangerous journey from Honduras to Mexico with her three-year-old son after facing threats from local gangs.
“If you move in the country from the gangs, they will find you and it will be worse because you disobeyed them. I felt very relieved to reach safety here. We are comfortable in this shelter and treated well.” –Ada
Um Abhoud, Christine and Ada are mothers who will do whatever it takes for their children.
Thanks to USA for UNHCR donors, Um Abhoud and her family are able to live in an apartment in Lebanon. Christine’s newborn is healthy and she and her children have food, clean water and a safe place to sleep. Ada and her son have shelter, counseling services and legal support.
Refugees are just like you and me — they love their families and work hard. And they are very likely to succeed and give back to their communities when given the chance. The motivation, spirit and resilience of these moms should inspire all of us.
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Header photo: UN Photo/Albert González Farran