In pictures: a day in the life of a refugee mum

Jomaa, 12, has only one thing on his mind; "Are you going to help me go back to school?" he asks.

Jomaa, 12, has only one thing on his mind; "Are you going to help me go back to school?" he asks.

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In honour of refugee week, World Vision has released a moving gallery of pictures taken in Iraq and Lebanon, giving a glimpse of how refugee mums around the world live their daily lives.

A spokeswoman from World Vision said: “Refugee Week is a week to recognise the strength and resilience refugees worldwide forced to be displaced from their homes because of conflicts and war.

Yasmin, not feeling well, takes an afternoon nap.

Yasmin, not feeling well, takes an afternoon nap.

“For many mums in the UK, life often revolves around the items of each day’s ‘to-do’ list: driving the kids to work, helping them with homework, getting them to bed.

“In some ways, the daily life for refugee mums is similar. They do many of the same things for their own families, except they are not doing it in a comfort of a flat or a house, but rather in a refugee camp, unfinished buildings or even inside a tiny garage,” she added.

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One mum, from Irag, said: “Our home’ doesn’t have a bathroom, so I pack my things and go outside to wait to shower. It’s not feasible to shower every day, and we often wear the same clothes we slept in. There’s little privacy. It makes me nervous, both for myself and my 11-year-old daughter, Marin.”

Syrian refugee children fight over a teddy bear at Rajab, an Informal Tented Settlement in Lebanons Bekaa Valley that houses Syrian refugees.

Syrian refugee children fight over a teddy bear at Rajab, an Informal Tented Settlement in Lebanons Bekaa Valley that houses Syrian refugees.

Marin says sharing is challenging. “When we take a shower, it’s crowded. People keep knocking at the door. I used to shower every day.” She now only takes a shower every two days,” she said.

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Here, 118 families (700 people) live in a single-wide, bathroom-less trailers. Many do not have refrigerators. Everyone must cook outside. For 118 families, there are only sixteen bathrooms in total.

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Dr. Rasha Meijeed Mahmood, 30, is a passionate advocate of Iraqis helping one another. When she learned World Vision needs doctors for its health program, she immediately signed in to help.

Dr. Rasha Meijeed Mahmood, 30, is a passionate advocate of Iraqis helping one another. When she learned World Vision needs doctors for its health program, she immediately signed in to help.

Johan Eldebo, World Vision UK’s Senior Humanitarian Policy Adviser said: “It’s time for Europe and the rest of the world to accept that we can’t wish the refugee challenge away. We must take collective action to address the root causes driving migration and ensure refugees are not marginalised, or left unproductive for years in camps.

“Children must be given education, communities should have access to healthcare and adults must have work opportunities. Such factors restore dignity and reduce reliance on expensive and unsustainable aid hand-outs,” he explained.

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11-year-old Marin in Iraq says sharing is hard: "When we take a shower, it's crowded"

11-year-old Marin in Iraq says sharing is hard: "When we take a shower, it's crowded"

Cooking dinner for 30.  Scenes from an informal tented settlement (ITS) for Syrian refugees, near Zahle' in Bekaa, Lebanon.

Cooking dinner for 30. Scenes from an informal tented settlement (ITS) for Syrian refugees, near Zahle' in Bekaa, Lebanon.

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