Shams (53) is originally from a town called Sbeneh in Damascus she and her family travelled to Quamishli when the war in Syria began in 2012.
She has 2 sons, 1 daughter and 10 grandchildren. Shams travelled to KR-Iraq with her children and grandchildren 10 months ago in August 2013 to seek refuge at Dara Shakran Camp in Iraq. She explains how the war had affected the family when living in Damascus, “The planes would drop bombs, there would be tanks everywhere and weapons all over the place, it was really unsafe, we had to move to Qamishli which was at the time a safer part of Syria”.
She explained that when the border between Iraq and Syria had been lifted they decided to leave Syria for good, and made their final move from Qamishli to KR-Iraq, Erbil via walking across the river despite the harsh and difficult conditions.