Andrew McConnell

Zahle, Lebanon

Rafah, 12, practises reading Braille in her family's shelter in the Fayda tented settlement, in the Bekaa Valley. Rafah and her two brothers, Fady, seven, and Ali, six, are all blind by birth and struggle with daily life in the settlement where they live. 'We go to camp school every day, we learn by hearing and reciting but we also have a teacher that comes in once a week to teach us Braille. My brothers are still learning the basics, but I can read very well now. I love to study and to learn, it is the only thing that keeps me going forward' She adds, 'Of course I wish I could see but I don't let that stop me from living my life. I live each day by day, I thank God for everything and I'll wait and see what is written for me.' UNHCR facilitated an MRI brain scan for Ali in order to better determine if the children's condition could be treated but so far it has proved unsuccessful.

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