Rania, 22, came to Lebanon from Aleppo two years ago. Her son Samer, who was born here and doesn’t have a birth certificate, is five months old. Her husband looks for recyclable materials in the streets while she stays home with the kids. She is in the process of registering her child with the support from Norwegian Refugee Council.
Sara (18), originally from Idlib, arrived in Lebanon 2 years ago where she married a fellow refugee and gave birth to baby Talal. The family shares an apartment with another refugee family in Tripoli. The Norwegian Refugee Council is helping the family obtain a proof of marriage in order to complete the birth registration of the baby.
Ahmed fled from Syria 2 years ago. Shortly after his daughter Farah was born. The family now lives in an informal settlement in the North of Lebanon. The residents of the settlement have problems accessing water and have been subject to raids from the Lebanese Armed Forces. Ahmed didn’t know how to register his daughter. The Norwegian Refugee Council is currently representing him in court to proof kinship of his daughter in order to register her birth.
Dena fled Homs nearly 3 years ago after her husband was wounded in the war. On their way to Lebanon the family was detained and tortured at a checkpoint. At that time Dena was 6 months pregnant with Leyla. In Lebanon the family has been evicted 4 times. Leyla was not registered at birth as her family did not know how to register their newborn baby. The Norwegian Refugee Council is representing the family in court to prove kinship to their daughter.
Rym and her family were displaced from Homs, in Syria. Her husband refused to go to military service so he can no longer go back. Their son Khaled was born in Lebanon. Rym and her husband are in the process of obtaining a proof of marriage in order to complete the birth registration of the baby.
Reem (29) fled Syria with her husband and her 4 children. She gave birth to Jad in Lebanon 11 months ago. The family cannot send their children to school. The Norwegian Refugee Council assisted the family to obtain Jad’s birth registration. Jad will be able to acquire his Syrian nationality and in the future will enjoy all of his rights.
Khadija and her family fled from Tal Kalakh in 2013 in a long and risky trip trying to find an open border crossing. The family received their legal stay for free after benefiting from the decision of the Lebanese government to exempt some Syrian refugees from regularization fees. Without this decision they wouldn’t been able to have a valid legal stay and proceed with the birth registration procedure for their new born Hasan. Hasan is now 2 months old. The Norwegian Refugee Council counseled the family about birth registration and its importance for the future of Hasan.
Sana is a Palestinian Refugee from Syria (PRS). She is 22 years old and came from Damascus in 2013. She lives with her family in a Palestinian camp in Tripoli, northern Lebanon. They had to pay bribes at a checkpoint in order to cross into Lebanon. The family lost almost most of their civil documents when their house in Syria was destroyed. In Lebanon there are limited services for PRS people. Sana gave birth to Khaled who is now a year old. The Norwegian Refugee Council supported the family to obtain the birth certificate for Khaled.
Samira fled to Lebanon over a year ago. Her baby Saja is 4 months old. Her family has trouble paying rent. Her husband is still in Syria and cannot come to join the family as the Lebanese governments closed its borders. When Saja was born, Samira did not know how to register her her child.
Dawoud and Rima fled from Homs 3 years ago. Their first son is mentally challenged and they cannot afford to pay for special school for him. Baby Hanan is 8 months old. Due to the lack of legal status in Lebanon they have not been able to register her.
Yara fled the war in Syria in March 2013. She arrived in Lebanon to find herself homeless and living on the streets. She eventually found a place in a temporary shelter where she married her current husband. She feels thankful that she is no longer homeless. Her son Anwar was born in Lebanon. The Norwegian Refugee Council is helping the family register their marriage in order to register the child.
Adla, 21, came to Lebanon from Aleppo four years ago. Her son, Ismail, is 10 months old, and doesn’t have a birth certificate. Adla would go back to Syria if her had not been destroyed during the war.
Mariam, 35, came to Lebanon from Aleppo three years ago. Her husband doesn’t work and she has 6 children. Her eldest is only 12 years old. In the portrait with her is Ali, 3 years old, and Aisha, 1 year old. Both were born in Lebanon. Ali has a birth certificate, but Aisha does not. She wants to register her kids to be able to take them back to Syria when the war ends.
Mariam, 20, came to Lebanon from Aleppo three years ago. Her son Khaled is nine months old and doesn’t have a birth certificate. Her husband is unemployed, and she isn’t looking for a job because she doesn’t want to leave her two children alone in the shelter. She is receiving help from the Norwegian Refugee Council to register her baby.
Majid, 22, is a father of three. His youngest, Nour, is two months old. He fled Aleppo when his home was destroyed and came to Lebanon eight months ago. He hopes to begin the process to register his child.
Hawle is from Aleppo and has five children, the eldest of which is six years old. Her youngest, Rahaf, is less than a month old. Her husband has been sick for some time and cannot afford medical attention. She is in the process of registering her child.
Mariam, 25, has two girls who were born in Lebanon. Their names are Fatme, four years old, and Rana, two years old. They have birth certificates but are not registered. She has been in Lebanon for four years, and her husband is unemployed. She doesn’t know what happened to her home in Syria. Most of the people she knew in Syria are either dead or have been displaced. Her priority right now is to register her children.
Ghazzieh, 28, is from Idlib and has been in Lebanon for four months. She has seven children. Her youngest, Sham, is forty days old. Sham had to stay in an incubator for five days. So far they have only been able to pay for half of the hospital’s expenses. The hospital has retained her ID until she pays the other half.
Samer fled from Syria in early 2013. His life in Lebanon has not been easy as they have constant trouble crossing checkpoints. Samer married his wife in Syria but does not have proof of marriage. His son Khaldoun was born 4 months ago. The Norwegian Refugee Council is helping the family obtain a marriage certificate in order to register the baby.