Syrian refugees feel abandoned on Jordan’s border

Syrian refugees feel abandoned on Jordan’s border

Since the civil conflict exploded in Syria in 2011, millions of refugees have escaped with their lives. Four years after leaving everything behind, these refugees have definitively had a hard time assimilating with the new life they were forced to have. The truth is that living as refugees in a foreign country is already tense and difficult in itself. There are limited opportunities to develop oneself and there is not always access to food, clean water, healthcare, or education.  The thought of one day getting back home after the conflict ends is probably what keeps them hopeful of a brighter future.

Most of these Syrian refugees moved on to Jordan and settled in cities and towns where they lived impoverished but able to get aid from United Nations and other international aid groups.  Jordan has two organized encampments near the board with Syria.  The largest of them is Zaatari camp, which in 2014 had a population of 120, 000, all of which were taken care by the United Nations and Jordanian government.

Approximately 7,000 Syrian refugees lived there and they have been struggling on their own.  The majority of them are from farming families from Hama and Homs, two Syrian central provinces which have been heavy battle zones between the rebels and the Syrian government.

As the encampment was growing in size, they were divided into five different camps.  These have access to very little help from the UN and have no schools nor access to health care.   By 2013, the UN had started to reach them with some aid.

Abu Ahmad, a then 48-year-old farmer had said, "We are the untold story of the Syrian crisis.  The world seems to have forgotten about us."  Abu Ahmad fled with his wife and children from Maan, a Syrian village close to Hama.

The almost 5-year old conflict between Syrian government and rebels has displaced an estimate of 9 million Syrians from their homes who have become refugees not only in Jordan but Lebanon, Turkey, Iraq, and Egypt.

 

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