Suleiman loves his country. He was born and has always lived in the Palmyra oasis, an ancient city dating from 100 AD which still exists today in the middle of the desert.
In his large, lush garden he grew olives and dates. At the invitation of Suleiman, many foreign visitors would stop to drink tea in this little corner of paradise and his hospitality was known throughout the region.
Because of its geographic location, goods are more expensive in Palmyra (in particular, fruit, vegetables and petrol). Suleiman has not had access to his garden since last August when it was confiscated by armed groups. He is surviving with the help of his family. Two of his brothers, the only ones to still have jobs, currently look after the whole family – more than 20 people in total!
Despite all of this, Suleiman never complains and remains philosophical, hoping for better days to come.
The aid from Coup de Pouce will enable him to pay for food and heating this winter.