Tag Archives: Za’atari

Syrian Refugee Children Tell it How it Is

Syrian children living in the Zaatari Refugee Camp in Jordan give their perspective on the things that have happened and difficulties they’ve faced. They dream of going back to Syria and becoming anything from a doctor to a lawyer who protects human rights. Watch the full video here.Screen Shot 2014-06-27 at 5.08.26 PM

Scenes From Zaatari Refugee Camp – 14 Dec 2013

These are new photos from the Zaatari refugee camp in Jordan, which houses hundreds of thousands of Syrian refugees.  The bad weather in the region has been making a terrible situation even more difficult.


The Story of Zeinab: A Child Seeks Refuge from War

Sumaya Agha of MercyCorps zen 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…”

Read the story now.

Exit Syria – Diaries from Zaatari

zaatari2An Australian documentary follows the daily lives of some of the Syrian refugees now living in a sprawling Za’atari refugee camp on the Jordanian border. Here’s how they describe it:

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.

See Exit Syria – Diaries from Zaatari.

Photo Gallery from the Zaatari Refugee Camp

zaatariReporter/photographer Will Wintercross has an excellent photo gallery of pictures from the Za’atari refugee camp, which houses thousands of refugees from Syria.

View the gallery here.

Syria’s Grinding War Takes Toll On Children

nprThis National Public Radio story (21 October 2013) talks about the psychological and physical impact of the war in Syria on its children.

See the story, and listen to a stream of the radio broadcast.