Mouhanad Ados was living near Damascus with his mother, two sisters and two brothers in Alhajar Alaswad, one of the first areas where the conflict began.
Although in the beginning the family wanted to remain in their home, they soon discovered that this meant being confined indoors for often three days at a time due to the fighting outside. Finally when the air strikes destroyed the building next door, they decided it was time to move to a safer area. They left under very dangerous circumstances and, in order to escape death, were forced to split the family up, each member staying with relatives or friends. Mouhanad slept in the office where he worked, while his family moved to an area called Sahnaia. He was unable to join them because the distance was too great and there were many checkpoints in between.
When the family did return home, they found other people living there so, with the help of an old friend, they moved to Lebanon.
Mouhanad remained in Damascus in order to work and send money back to his family. But now the office where he has been living is going to close so he will have nowhere to live. He is willing to do any type of work in order to earn money to send to his family. His mother is in urgent need of medicine as she is a diabetic and has high blood pressure.
The family looks forward to reuniting again and living in peace.