Zahida and her husband Faisal Alkhaled were living with their family in Suran in the Hama district.
Faisal was working as a garbage collector. They have six children - three boys Jumaa, Ahmed and Alaa, and three girls Safa, Israa and Wafa, whose ages range from 4 to 18 years.
Three years ago, Faisal left home to go to work and did not return. The family has had no news of him since and has had to resign itself to the fact that he is a ‘missing person’.
More recently, when there was a resurgence of the hostilities in the Hama region, bombings reached the area where Zahida’s family was living. She had to hastily leave her home with four of her youngest children to seek shelter in Alhamra, and later in Alsamira. In the confusion and devastation caused by the bombings, Zahida lost track of her two oldest children, Jumaa and Safa, who had fled with their uncle.
Following this, Zahida and her four children found refuge in a mosque for four months and then moved to Machaa near Hama, before being able to return to their badly damaged home. In the interim, a neighbour has rented the family a room until the urgent repairs to their home can be carried out in order to make it habitable.
The immediate priority for Zahida’s family, therefore, is the urgent need of aid from Coup de Pouce in order to enable the commencement of the repairs to their home.