“Winter is very tough for my sick mother. When she freezes, she vomits blood. We do everything we can to heat the apartment.”
Talal lives in a two-room apartment in Mafraq with his mother and four siblings. Their apartment is small and humid. They have no furniture other than a few mattresses placed on the floor. Talal, 18, works every day in a restaurant to support his family. It is a heavy responsibility for a young man his age.
“My husband is still in Syria. He refused to leave the country without our eldest son who was imprisoned due to the conflict,” said Hafetha, Talal’s mother. “But we couldn’t stay because of the bombing. There were dead bodies and blood all over the street. We fled to another village but the situation was just as bad, so we left the country. ”
Until today, this family has no news of those they left in their home nearby Homs, in Syria. Talal is in charge of taking care of his family. He earns US$ 350 a month, too little to support a family of six and be able to pay US$ 280 for rent.
“When we arrived in Jordan two years ago, we went to Zaatari refugee camp. But we only stayed there for a few weeks because the living conditions were too precarious. My mother’s health deteriorated rapidly,” Talal remembers.