Amany Mohammad (27), a mother of five, fled her home in Syria after it was bombed, destroying it almost entirely.
A month and a half before this picture was taken on May 8, 2013, Amany and her five young children, one of whom is disabled, arrived at this disused shopping centre up on a hillside near Qalamoun. The centre was empty before Syrian refugees started moving in. Today there are around 100 families living there in rooms around 5m x10m. Each pays $100-$150 a month in rent.
Water is available sporadically and as a pile of trash build up outside the centre, the smell of waste pervades. Oxfam is planning to help improve the water supply for the centre and register the families to allow them to receive cash transfers.
Amany told Oxfam: “Our biggest issue is cash. IÃÂÃÂ¢ÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂve seen my husband twice since coming here. He lives in a basement where he is working. We want to be together but the owner wonÃÂÃÂ¢ÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂt agree to us being there”
Amany is one of 50,000 refugees displaced by the crises in Syria that Oxfam is helping to pay rent with a cash transfer worth $150 per household per month for two months. Up to 150,000 people will also be receiving vouchers for food and hygiene items. These will be one off payments for new arrivals from Syria (starting mid May). They will receive $27 per person for food and $10 per person for hygiene supplies.