General Article Nadia's story: 'I nearly gave up my two sons'

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Nadia,* 43, has come to the Ajlun branch of the Jordanian Red Crescent with her 16-year-old daughter Wade and her twin sons Ali and Omar, aged five. Ali and Omar are both severely disabled.

She says: ‘We made our escape over the mountains, walking for five hours. I came with 17 members of my family. Many people came – there were 5,000 people at the same time making this journey.

‘I had to give my sons sleeping pills to make the journey. I had been carrying them for four days when we made the journey, I had pain in both my arms. During the journey I nearly gave up my sons. I was so exhausted I wanted, just for a moment, to leave them behind. I had 14 children with me when I made this journey, one of them is my grandchild.’

Nadia says: ‘We have been here in Ajlun for 18 days. We are paying rent of 120JD. The apartment is unfurnished; we have nothing, not even basic items, not even mattresses to put my boys on to sleep. There are 16

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