Aisha’s Story: Six weeks after the Beirut explosion UNICEF listens; helping rebuild shattered lives
For every family in Beirut on August 4, there is a story. For those on the explosion’s front line, these stories are often delivered in parallel with tales of desperation, of need, yet sometimes of hope
Aisha Shahid Shahin has a degree in law and psychology, she is also a mother. At home in Karantina when the explosion occurred, today she’s angry. “And I’m becoming angrier. Angier because I am seeing my daughters aren’t how I want them to be”
“Before the explosion they only had essential needs, now they need extra reassurance of safety and stability - they’re scared. Now, while my daughters sleep, they get nightmares. One dreamt that I was killed, anther saw airstrikes and bombing in her sleep. But how can I give them safety if I myself don’t feel safe?
“I want my children to live a decent, stable life and to be assured of getting their rights. For children these are simple but essential - they important rights like education and health.
“We are a people who love safety and love life. We hoped this country would look after us and protect us - protect us from the evil in this world. Now all I can do is wish peace for the people of Lebanon, and for ourselves”.