Published: 2021-04-11 16:56
Last Updated: 2021-05-07 16:59
Khalaf al-Samara, 50, lives in a tent in a camp for the displaced with his wife with five of their seven children in Maaret Misrin in the north of Idlib.
The family is from the village of Al-Tah in the south of Idlib near Maarat al-Noomane, which they had to flee in September 2019 in front of the advancing troops of the regime and its Russian allies.
Khalaf al-Samara used to work as a teacher, but he lost his job after leaving his village. He explained that he suffers from mental health problems and says he is "very depressed" because of his living conditions and the poverty in which he and his family have fallen.
Idlib is home to about three million inhabitants, two thirds of whom have been displaced from other regions reconquered by the regime.
In March 2020, a precarious truce came into effect there after a three-month offensive that displaced nearly a million people further north, according to the UN.
This truce is sponsored by Russia and Turkey, which supports rebel groups.