THE WOMEN WHO FLED Lebanon - 2012
On a thin mattress by the wall sits Rana Alkassem Alkhaled with her children. She lost her husband in the deadly conflict in Syria, and fled to safer grounds accross the border in Lebanon. She is not alone. According to the UNHCR, of the more than 30,000 Syrians who have fled to neighbouring Lebanon, 80 percent are women and children. "The future is dark", says Rana, with her three children Maisaa (9), Bassema (8) and Omar (3) around her. The storage room they are renting is extremly hot, around 40 degrees celcius. The owner made two small holes in the concrete walls to let some fresh air in.