"Wallahi [By God], I am working and happiness fills my heart," were Umm Humam's words to Rozana during our visit to the small handicrafts workshop, in which she and some of her friends are working as volunteers for the Syrian al-Nour Association, in Istanbul.
There they worked on the preparation of some gifts, to be presented to the children trapped inside Syria, during the past Eid al-Adha [Islamic holiday following the pilgrimage to Mecca].
Um Humam, previously a principal of a technical secondary school in Syria, tells Rozana that what distressed her most was the children's inability to complete their education due to constant shelling and the unjust siege. She adds: "We must give hope of a bright day coming to Syria to our children."
Her newly acquired refugee status did not stop her from continuing to work for the children. Instead, she works with all her energy to provide them with any simple joy to their hearts. They have been denied many of their rights as children's rights, due to the injustice that befell them without having any hand in it; thus becoming victims of a war that began one day, with no clear hope on the horizon, even if small, that it is to expire any time soon.