“I didn’t used to live like this.”
The words resonated with Elizabeth Shuman. The speaker — a woman dressed in beautifully designed fabrics, a scarf covering her hair — had invited Shuman and other volunteers into her home in Lebanon and taken great care to show them hospitality.
But the home was a tent made from tarps, insulated against the crisp air as best as possible.
The woman and her family were refugees from Syria and the tent housed all the belongings they had remaining.