Kat Graham meets Um Murad
Kat Graham visits Um Murad’s wedding dress shop and beauty salon in Zaatari, Jordan.
“We were at home when we first heard bombs, one fell next door killing 11 children. It was the worst thing I have ever seen in my whole life. Then my husband was going through a check point when a sniper shot him in the back. He can no longer walk unaided, or work. ”
“I had a wedding dress shop and beauty centre in Syria but it was burnt to the ground. Six months after arriving in Zaatari I opened a beauty salon in my caravan. I managed to get 500 JOD to buy the essentials.”
“I was the first one to get dresses into the camp and my reputation as a good businesswoman in Syria preceded me.”
“Life goes on, even when you’re a refugee. People marry. This shop has been in action for 13 months and I’ve prepared about 700 brides in that time. The best thing about having the business is that I interact with many people, it takes me away from all of the misery that we have been living in.”