The Al Masri family was living in Qusair, a small town not far from Homs. The father was a primary school teacher and all was going well until their town was besieged. The siege lasted 5 months.
The family survived due to produce from their vegetable garden and some provisions they had set aside beforehand. However, because conditions had become so dangerous, they decided to leave.
After walking for 4 days under extremely dangerous conditions due to shelling, with no food, they arrived in Lebanon. Since then, another 15,000 families have fled Qusair.
The Al Masri family now lives in the suburbs of Tripoli, in a room measuring 1m x 3m, with no heating. The father can no longer work since receiving a head injury, so it's up to the mother and the two oldest children (Amir 16 and Nada 14) to support the family. From time to time, they work on a farm 10 hours per day for $15 each, but it’s occasional and isn’t enough to get by on.