“My name is Amina, I am 29 and I am an Iraqi refugee in Lebanon. I came to Lebanon in 2014 with my husband and our five-year-old son, because ISIS was in our area. For a while, we stayed in Bagdad, and my husband worked as a taxi driver. But one of our friends was persecuted because he was a Christian and got killed. As Christians ourselves, we became very scared and took the decision to flee. Our extended family fled too, and now they are in Canada and the US.
We have been in Lebanon for four years now, but we don’t feel like we settled in any way. Life is still very difficult for us here and it is a daily struggle. Unfortunately, it is still unsafe for us to go back to Iraq, although we wish we could!
The church here has made things a little easier on us though. When I heard that they were distributing food vouchers to people in need, I went and they added me to the list of beneficiaries. I could also enroll my son in the church’s education center. It helped my family and me a lot.
I later heard about the makeup training organized through the church. I was very interested, so I joined. I really like the training. The teacher is very nice and qualified. She certainly knows what she is talking about!
I still don’t know if I will be able to work after finishing the training, because it is very difficult for a refugee to work in Lebanon, but I hope that even after I leave Lebanon, I will be able to use the skills I learned.”
We have been in Lebanon for four years now, but we don’t feel like we settled in any way. The church here has made things a little easier on us though.