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The Salem Family

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The Salem Family

When Soha was 19 years old, an Egyptian petroleum engineer asked for her hand in marriage. She was delighted with the match and especially pleased that the man wanted to stay in her native Iraq. The couple had five children together.

In 2007, Soha’s husband left her. Threats of violence were too much for him, so he returned to Egypt without his family. Soha also feared the violence and immigrated with her children to Jordan.

In Iraq, Soha and her children lived a comfortable life—a stark comparison to their present life in Jordan. The Salem family’s savings were quickly depleted, so the eldest son, Musa, took on the responsibility of providing for his family. He earns 2 JOD a day (roughly 3 USD) carrying vegetables in the open market. His younger sister, Suhaila, used to sell various goods in the street, until the constant harassment was too much for her.

Soha recieves 75 JOD (100 USD) a month from the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) office. Because the children’s father is Egyptian, they are unable to recieve the same benefit as their mother. The family’s electricity was shut off three months ago because they couldn’t afford to pay the bill. Besides help with the 229 JOD (310 USD) electricity bill, they need a refrigerator and money for food.

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Written by Ayman Fadel

July 16, 2010 at 10:12

Posted in Uncategorized

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  1. […] a comment » The Salem family got back their electricity yesterday. It cost 211 JD, about 300 USD, for 6 months. They are so […]


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