Not only do the people of Syria carry with them the emotional and physical pains of the past they left behind, they have to try and make their life work in tents and minimal amenities.
Today we really had a chance to meet the families affected by the crisis in Syria and how they are coping. Most families in Jordan are living outside of the refugee camps and these people are in the worst situation. They live in makeshift tents wherever they can find space. We met a Athra, a window, who fled Syria with her 8 children. It’s astonishing how it’s been 4 years but families are still living with basic necessities.
Athra told us how her neighbourhood was repeatedly bombed in Dar’aa. She told how she feared as a lone mother raising 8 children for her children, and especially fearing for her girls. The houses in the neighbourhood she lived in were subjected to break in’s and rape. This was when she knew she needed to leave. So one evening together with 100 people they fled the country. She relays stories of a hellish reality where bombs were being dropped around them as people screamed and fainted. She managed to reach Jordan and get through to the country. The situation in the refugee camp was so bad that she left and set up on her own ‘settlement’. She now lives with 5 other tents in a desert area near the border. Her living conditions currently were horrific. She lives in a tent held down by rocks. The floor is made of dirt, and there are holes in the ceiling. They eat sleep and wash themselves in this small space. They all share the same toilet and sewage leaves in an open drain. Looking at its fragility it’s truly worrying to think what will happen when winter hits. Not only do the people of Syria carry with them the emotional and physical pains of the past they left behind, they have to try and make their life work in tents and minimal amenities. With winter approaching they now also have to worry about the harsh winds, drenching rains, and freezing conditions. We want to provide them with mattresses, furnaces, warm clothing and other essential items. We want to help warm up their homes, and inevitably, warm their lives.