"HOPE FOR A BETTER LIFE", HUSSEIN AL-AHMAD AND HIS FAMILY – A NEW LIFE IN THE BAHORATA CAMP
Like many, Hussein al-Ahmad, 53, did not expect his life to turn upside down and from bad to worse after the deteriorating security situation in his town. At the beginning of the revolution in Syria, Hussein, a husband and a father of seven from the village of Al-Jaboul, southeast of Aleppo, suffered a stroke that left him with paraplegia.
With this injury, Hussein's long journey of suffering was just starting. His condition dramatically worsened after he was forced to flee with his family to several areas, from the Euphrates in the eastern countryside to Aleppo countryside, where he settled in a random camp for three years.
"When I was in the camp, I signed up for a housing unit in Bahorta through an announcement by Binaa for Development. I wanted to get out of the random camps and the life in the tents," Hussein said, because those tents, in his view, are "not intended for humans."
Luckily, Hussein al-Ahmad and his family were among those chosen to move to Bhorata camp, which was established by Binaa for Development in 2020. As Hussein explained to us, the fear that he contently had of being forced to flee or forcibly displaced again had disappeared completely as soon as he moved from his random tent to the new housing unit he received in Bhorata.
It was not only this feeling that changed, but his entire routine, especially during the winter, which has long caused endless suffering for the camp residents: "For me, heating fuel is more important than food,” Hussein told us, speaking of how his life changed after he was relocated to the new housing units. In the Bhorata camp, Hussein received a heating stove along with 120 liters of diesel from Binaa for Development as part of the organization’s winter aid response program.
"For me, heating fuel is more important than food" - Hussein al-Ahmad.
Another positive element he spoke of was the presence of clean water. Water was scarce in the camps and its absence constituted a major crisis for all its residents causing the spread of diseases and malnutrition. In addition, Hussein commended the road paving project that was initiated by Binaa in Bahorta camp and stressed that paved roads made it easier for him to move within the camp during the winter after he had to stay in the tent with his children most of his time: “Before the paving project, the children couldn’t leave the tents whenever it rained, but now all the children in the camp can go out and play easily,” he added.
Hussein concludes by by confirming that the efforts made by the Binaa for Development have had a great impact in alleviating the suffering of the displaced people in Bahorta camp, but at the same time he indicates that there are some needs that are still lacking, such as medical points and electricity.