Refqa Abu Nahel, 61. Grandmother. Husband died nine months after they married. She was 19. Their son was 14 days old
“I applied for my secondary school certificate at the same time as my son, 28 years after leaving school. I got mine but he didn’t get his – he had to reapply the following year. Once I had my certificate I was able to get a job as the assistant to the head master at a school.
It was challenging to raise a child without a father, but I succeeded and I’m proud to have brought up a good son. The happiest moment for me was when my son had a child of his own. As an only child, he had been alone until then. I hope my grandson will have a brother or sister.”