31 Jul 2019

84-year-old woman who spoke of living through five wars in Syria has passed away


“Do not forget me.”

This was 84-year-old Umm Hayan, who lived through five wars in Syria and had become separated from her son.

He managed to flee to Turkey but wasn’t able to take her with him.

Earlier this month this programme reported on the friendship she struck up with a 12-year-old boy she met in a displacement camp in Idlib.

Soon after our report was broadcast, Umm Hayan suffered a heart attack and passed away in the very camp she was desperate to leave.

Filmed by Fadi Al Halabi. Produced by Kamal Kaddourah.