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Age: Six years
It's cold living in a tent in the refugee camp and six-year-old Tayehbeh doesn't
want to be here. She misses her home and the friends she used to play with in
Even though she is cold, tired and scared, Tayehbeh knows she is lucky to be
alive. Other people weren't so lucky.
Tayehbeh says she can't remember all the details of what happened to her. She
ran with her family from their house when United States planes began bombing
the area during the war in 2001, but lost consciousness when a flying object
hit her in the head. Tayehbeh was carried by her parents to the Mahaki refugee
camp on the border with Iran.
"If you touch my head I get a bad headache. I am asking God that peace will
come to my country," she says.
Tayehbeh doesn't understand why her country is being bombed. Now they are in
the refugee camp, she doesn't need to worry about bombs, but there are other
things to be afraid of. Tayehbeh's family has nothing with them - no proper
clothes for the extreme cold and the winter is just starting. Sometimes the
winds are so bad the tents are blown away.
Fortunately there are people trying to help Tayehbeh. World Vision paid women
from Afghan refugee families living in Iran to make quilts and then distributed
them to people like Tayehbeh who are living in camps. This brought a smile to
Tayehbeh's face, and a happy memory.