Suraia went to buy her brothers breakfast one morning when the air raid first struck near their house. “I felt that a cold jolt penetrated my hand, I thought I was going to die,” says Suraia. She later found out she was injured by shrapnel from the explosion, causing permanent disability in her hand. Suraia’s escape with her family was brutal and horrifying. While they walked up the mountain away from her village, fighter jets were hovering the skies. They ended up in a spontaneous settlement and have been staying there ever since. Suraia’s family used to have a home that is made of zinc plates, where they felt safe and were able to lead a normal life. “We were happy there, we used to go out to play and buy candy.”
Now, they live in a tent in the middle of nowhere lacking the most basic necessities of life. “The first thing I will do when the conflict ends is to go back to my home. I wish my hand could be treated.” Women and girls bear the disproportionate burden caused by protracted displacement, including the difficulty to access basic services like health and protection. Suraia is one of many victims of the brutal conflict who deserve a better present and a better future.