In the summer of 2012, when Thawra Al Jabal fled violence and shelling in her hometown of Deir El Zoor, in Syria, she was two months pregnant.
“I left home with only my clothes on. All I could carry were my kids and our credentials,” says the 29-year-old mother of four. The family moved into a tent in the village of Baalool in West Bekaa, Lebanon.
By the time they arrived, Ms. Al Jabal knew something was wrong with her pregnancy. She felt exhausted and unwell, but she was reluctant to go to a doctor, fearing the cost.