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An Expectant Mother

Um Mohammed, a Syrian refugee living in Turkey, is seven months pregnant. Despite the uncertainty, she's glad her child will be born in peace.

Um Mohammed is seven months pregnant. She has not seen a doctor in three months – the hospital is too far and she doesn’t have money for transportation.

“I will provide what I can for him, but he will be born here,” she said. “What more can I give him?”

She and her children fled their village in the outskirts of Hama 14 months ago after a barrel bomb struck her next door neighbor’s house and killed the entire family.

She lives with her brother and her two young children, Samira, 4 and Mohammed 2. Her husband is a rebel fighter with the Free Syrian Army.

Their home in Turkey – they live a few streets away from Najua and Fatima, her sister-in-law – is a single-room, former shop made of bare concrete and breeze blocks that costs $100 a month. “Life is very difficult here,” she said. “We even have mice running around between us.”

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