An excellent piece, front-page of the New York Times, about the exodus of refugees from Syria to Europe. Out of Syria, Into a European Maze.
MercyCorps has put together an excellent overview of the key facts about the Syrian refugee crisis.
A must read!
Anger, anxiety, and depression are common among Syrian refugees living a precarious existence in refugee camps. Al Jazeera reports from Lebanon.
Sumaya Agha of MercyCorps shares the story of Zeinab Al Farhaan, “a bright, wide-eyed girl I met for the first time a month ago at Dream Land, a Mercy Corps playground inside Jordan’s Zaatari refugee camp. The 13-year-old arrived two months ago with her mother, six siblings, aunt and five cousins. They finally decided to leave Syria after bombings in their home city of Dara’a hit as close as their neighbor’s house…”
New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof shares his experiences with Syrian children at Atmeh, the largest refugee camp on the Syrian border in this article from the New York Times.
“Every child deals with the conflict in his or her own way. But when it came to this question, I kept hearing the same things: family, playing, toys, and most of all, school. The majority of Syrian refugee children are not able to attend school…”
It’s been described as one of the worst humanitarian disasters of our time, the greatest refugee crisis since World War II. Since erupting two and a half years ago, the war in Syria has claimed some 100,000 lives and caused an exodus to a scale not seen in decades. So far, millions of Syrians have been displaced and poured into neighbouring countries to live in makeshift camps under extremely harsh conditions. Za’atari is such a place. Rough, dusty, barren, the refugee camp, located on the border of Syria and Jordan is fast growing into a metropolis and now accommodates around 120,000 people. For the families struggling to survive the conditions of the desert camp – what is daily life like for them? This diary takes you right inside the refugee camp. Over the next four weeks, our crew will immerse themselves in Za’atari, giving you unprecedented insight into the lives of three refugees who agreed to share their stories – stories of resourcefulness, ingenuity and resilience in the most extraordinary circumstances.