(UNHCR) – It was a devastating piece of news. Last year, not long after the start of the Syrian conflict, Shadi,* a taxi driver living in Homs, learned that his wife had miscarried. The shelling and intensifying gunbattles in the disputed Syrian city had been too much for her, he said. The news was particularly painful because the couple had been waiting for 17 years – all their married life – for a child.
Then, unexpectedly, his wife, Fatima,* became pregnant again. This time, Shadi made up his mind. “I decided to leave Syria for the sake of my wife and children,” he told UNHCR in the north Jordan city of Irbid. About a month ago, Fatima gave birth by caesarean section to twins, Loai* and Hala,* in an Irbid hospital. “We’d waited so long for this day,” said the delighted new father.