Solidarites International

Among the residents of Aassoun tower, Abou Mohamed is a key figure. During Kamal’s first visit to the Tower, he welcomed us into his home over a coffee which – according to him – “is not as good as usual. My wife is the expert but she’s at work today”.
Abou Mohamed is a lawyer in international law and before the war, he worked in the civil service. Like many others, he had to leave his home town of Homs to find refuge in Lebanon, four years ago.

On his journey by foot with his family, he saw hunger, thirst and death. He tells us emotionally, “In order to drink, we would squeeze fruits we found. We saw so many people dead by the side of the road, poisoned from drinking pesticide-filled water from fields. “
Once they’d crossed the border into Lebanon, he travelled through many villages before moving into the Aassoun tower, which he was able to find by means of different contacts. Despite this stressful and uncertain period where “we never knew who we’d come across in Lebanon”, Abou Mohamed plucks out a funny story. “When we arrived in Lebanon, we slept at whoever would be willing to put us up. But we knew that – even in Lebanon – certain villages supported either the regime or the rebels. So to avoid any problems, the first question I would always ask our host was “who do you support?”. That way I could always reply “us too”. One day we arrived in another village, and our hosts replied, “You know, we don’t support any party, we support nobody”. Just when I finally felt relieved and normally I’d be about to reply “us too”, my son tugged at my arms and said, “But Dad, I thought we supported the regime, like you said so the other day” … I was so embarrassed! But it made us laugh… a child’s innocence in the face of this absurd situation.”

He tells of first arriving in Aassoun, “I stayed locked away in my room for two months. I refused to speak to anyone. I had lost everything. Two months to mourn over my life…”.
Since then, Abou Mohamed lives like the other residents, at the rhythm of small jobs and of the seasons – which are making such jobs more and more unstable. “At least we are far away from the war and my son can go to school”, he explains.
Abou Mohamed puts his training to good use in the Tower’s community by providing legal assistance and legal advice to those in need.