Alia (name changed to protect her identity), 24, in the Domiz refugee camp in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq. Alia was living with her family in Daraa, Syria, when fighting forced them to flee their home four months earlier. As the fighting drew closer, she recalls, 'It was terrifying because I'm not able to help myself.' Confined to a wheelchair and blind in both eyes, Alia says she was terrified by what was happening around her. 'At the beginning of the fighting, my family decided to stay because we thought it would be over soon. But as it went on, I was scared that they might run away and leave me at home alone.' Although she never cared for television, Alia began to follow the news programmes closely as the fighting intensified, because it helped her make sense of the things she heard (but couldn't see) going on around her. 'Men in uniforms came and killed our cow. They fought outside our house and there were many dead soldiers. I cried and cried, scared because I had to call my family even to know what was happening.' Alia says the only important thing that she brought with her 'is my soul, nothing more - nothing material.' When asked about her wheelchair, she seemed surprised, saying that she considers it an extension of her body, not an object. 'I am happy. I am happy to be safe, to be here with my family,' she says.