Um Ali’s greatest challenge was when her husband died in 2013 and she became responsible for her young family. “My husband was a farmer. We had no income to buy food and pay for other expenses our town was witnessing a lot of chaos,” she says.
She decided to move to Rural Damascus governorate, where her sister was living at the time. “I thought by being close to my sister I might leave the children with her and find a job in farming, so we collected all our belongings and travelled,” says Um Ali.