‘My youngsters ask me, what’s Syria?’ Za’atari refugee camp enters second decade

‘My youngsters ask me, what’s Syria?’ Za’atari refugee camp enters second decade

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Adil Tughan, a Syrian Refugee in Al Zaatari Camp., by Adil Tughan

Adil Toukan got here to Za’atari camp in April 2013, from the town of al-Sanamayn within the Daraa governorate in southern Syria, alongside together with his spouse and two younger youngsters.

Since then, he and his spouse have had three extra youngsters, who know nothing about their house nation. 

“My household and I went by way of quite a lot of struggling after we left Syria. We crossed multiple safety checkpoint and multiple nation. 

Life is steady, by way of the residing situations, safety, and infrastructure. The academic scenario is superb [There are 32 schools in the camp, 58 community centres, and eight clinics in the camp].

Electrical energy is offered for eight hours per day. There’s a sewage community and a water community. There are asphalt roads and an inside transportation community.

We would like our youngsters to have a greater life than us, by way of training, research and work.”


Ghasim Al-Lubbad, a Syrian Refugee from Zaatari Camp.

Ghasim Al-Lubbad, a Syrian Refugee from Zaatari Camp., by Adil Tughan

‘Nobody got here right here willingly’

Qassim Lubbad, from Daraa governorate, got here to the camp in Might 2013. He’s not optimistic concerning the scenario in Syria. 

“Certainly nobody got here right here willingly. I got here from Syria with 5 youngsters and had three youngsters right here within the camp.

Everybody got here as a result of they had been compelled to hunt security and safety. There was struggling. Households took totally different routes. We spent greater than 72 hours transferring from one village to a different till we reached the border and entered Jordan. 

After I speak to my youngsters about Syria, and inform them that now we have household there, they ask me: What’s Syria? I clarify {that a} struggle broke out, and we got here to the camp. I inform them that staying right here within the camp will not be our selection: when issues relax and the safety scenario improved, we’ll return to Syria.

They ask me about their future right here and whether or not they are going to full their research after which marry and personal properties right here. I reply them that this matter will not be in our fingers, however within the fingers of God, and that simply as we got here with out prior planning, we are able to additionally return to Syria with out prior planning”.

I hope that the scenario will change for the higher. I miss the whole lot in Syria: the air and water, childhood, recollections, mother and father and kinfolk”.


Ghena Adil Tughan, a Syrian Refugee from Zaatari Camp in Jordan.

Ghena Adil Tughan, a Syrian Refugee from Zaatari Camp in Jordan., by Adil Tughan

‘I need to turn out to be a policewoman to serve my individuals’

Greater than 20,000 births have been registered in Za’atari because it opened a decade in the past. A complete technology of youngsters has grown up there, and the camp has turn out to be their world. 

Ten-year-old Ghina was born in Syria and got here together with her household to Za’atari camp when she was solely 6 months outdated.

“I research within the third grade. I really like faculty right here. I like arithmetic and English, however my favorite topic is Arabic. My dream is to turn out to be a policewoman once I develop up, as a result of I need to serve my individuals.

I miss my grandparents very a lot. They’re nonetheless in Syria. I speak to them day-after-day, and so they present me footage of our home and inform me concerning the previous. I’m so excited to see them.”


Mohammed Gasim Al-Lubbad, a young refugee from the Zaatari camp in Jordan.

Mohammed Gasim Al-Lubbad, a younger refugee from the Zaatari camp in Jordan., by Adil Tughan

‘The scenario in Syria will not be good’

Fourteen-year-old Muhammad got here to the camp when he was solely 4. He says he remembers coming to the camp.

I knew that we had come to the camp seeking security and safety. I don’t need to return to Syria as a result of the scenario will not be good. 

I need to be a health care provider sooner or later, as a result of drugs is an attractive occupation and profession.”
 

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