Fatma grew up in Syria and never attended school. She married at a young age, having her first child when she was 18. The conflict forced Fatma, her children and husband to flee their home to start a new life in Turkey. During this time, Fatma was dealing with physical violence from her husband and psychological abuse from her brothers.
Fatma relied on her husband to ensure that the family were kept safe and secure, as well as financially stable. One day, Fatma’s husband decided to move back to Syria and cancelled the temporary protection registration of the whole family, which allows them to receive financial assistance and to access services such as health care and education.
Fatma decided to stay in Turkey with her children but this made life extremely difficult because Fatma and her children were vulnerable and now had to fend for themselves.
During this time, Fatma heard from one of her neighbours about Concern’s information and awareness-raising sessions at the local Protection hub.
In February 2020, a Gender-Based Violence (GBV) Officer and legal counsellor conducted two sessions at the hub on Positive Parenting and Early Marriage. After attending the sessions, Fatma asked the legal counsellor to meet her individually.
This was the first step towards changing her life.