The happiness of going back home

After five years of displacement, Mahmoud and his family make their way back home to Al Rastan in Syria. DRC has assisted with maintenance of the sewage network to ensure people in the area live dignified without unclean water, insects and rodent infestations.

The Syrian conflict has taken a heavy toll on the people of Syria. Eight years on, the conflict in Syria is far from over with 5.6 million people forced to flee to neighbouring countries and 6.2 million internally displaced.

Mahmoud is only one of them. He has five sons and is from Al Rastan in Rural Homs. Mahmoud and his family were forced to flee their home and try to start a new life in the Taqses in Rural Hama for 5 years.

Blocked sewage pipes made life hard

Being internally displaced was not easy. “I was always afraid of dying before seeing my home again. When we were able to go back to Homs, I was very happy. I wanted to go home even if my house was in ruins.”

Mahmoud and his family therefore decided to go back to their home. “Words cannot describe my happiness at going back to our house. I knew that things were not good there and that there were problems such as lack of electricity and blocking of sewage pipes due to them not being in use for a long time. There were sediments in the pipes that led to the blockages, which caused pooling of unclean water and led to insects and rodent infestations,” explained Mahmoud.

DRC has improved the situation a lot

With help from the Danish Refugee Council (DRC) and with funding from the European Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations (ECHO), our shelter and infrastructure team in Homs were able to provide assistance through the maintenance of the sewage network to ensure Mahmoud and others in his area live dignified.

“The situation has improved a lot. Now we can use the bathroom where flowing water has been installed, and there is no water pooling,” said Mahmoud.