The horror of being twice a refugee

Photo Credits: Armenia Round Table Foundation
Photo Credits: Armenia Round Table Foundation

The year is 1988 and Ila Tomasyan is a young girl forced to leave Baku. Shortly after, her mother finds refugee for her daughters in Aleppo, Syria. The year is 2015 and Ila Tomasyan is forcefully displaced once again with her 4 children, this time from Syria, the country that provided her with a refuge 27 years ago…

As thousands of Syrians fleeing to Armenia, Ila, her husband and her three children (as the fourth one was studying in Aleppo, and later on found safety in Lebanon), had to go through the harsh conditions of the refugee camps in Turkey. Misery and depravation forced Ila`s husband and her 12-year-old son Aram to go back to Syria with the hope to sell their undamaged property. Ila`s husband never came back, he was killed by ISIS in front of Aram.

Photo Credits: Armenia Round Table Foundation
Photo Credits: Armenia Round Table Foundation

Unemployed, with unsecure shelter, diagnosed with cancer, and three children to care of, Ila is in a gloomy limbo situation. Each month starts with a horrifying feeling of being evicted from her two-bedroom apartment in the outskirts of Yerevan, provided on monthly basis by a private donor. The current conditions are as such that Ila and her children, besides the daily needs for their survival and psycho-social support, need permanent durable housing and employment solutions.

Let`s join efforts and make Ila`s story an exception with a happy end. Currently, many vulnerable refugee families in Armenia need your urgent support.