She hopes to return to Syria: "I miss it."

A ten-year-old girl from Syria, at an SOS Children’s Villages interim care centre. Photographer: Bjørn-Owe Holmberg

Ten-year-old Liliane* and her family were at home in Aleppo when a bomb hit their building.

Relief workers found Liliane’s mom first and took her to be treated. She lost a kidney, and was brought to Lebanon for safety, but she believed that the rest of her family had died.

Separately, “Relief workers pulled us from under the rubble and treated us," recalls Liliane.

"My brother was hurt in his eye; me here and here,” she says, pointing to her arm and shoulder. “My other brother and my father died.”
 
When Liliane’s mother learned that two of her children had survived the bombing, she went back into Syria to get them and bring them with her to safety in Lebanon.

But the strenuous trip put her back in the hospital. She is still being treated there.

While she recovers, Liliane and her brother are being cared for at an SOS Children's Villages interim care centre in Lebanon.
 
Liliane says: “I like SOS and want to stay here until mom is treated and healthy."

About dreams for the future, she says she wants to become an interior designer. And she wants to go back to Syria. “I miss it,” she says.


Story recorded by photographer Bjørn-Owe Holmberg.
Published 16 September 2015

*The child's name has been changed for privacy.

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