From Syria to Zaatari glimpses of refugees in Jordan

Sara was shot in the head in Syria, the bullet grazed her skull, she still has bits of shrapnel in her scalp. Her family fled Syria in January 2013, and spent 4 days in Zaatari camp before moving to an apartment in the town of Zarka. Photo: Sam Tarling
Sara was shot in the head in Syria, the bullet grazed her skull, she still has bits of shrapnel in her scalp. Her family fled Syria in January 2013, and spent 4 days in Zaatari camp before moving to an apartment in the town of Zarka. Photo: Sam Tarling

Zaatari camp in Jordan, is home to around 80,000 Syrian refugees. Half of the camp's residents are under 18. Oxfam helps some 25,000 of Zaatari's residents by providing drinking water, toilets and showers, community centers, hygiene promotion and waste collection.

Mohammad Naser, a father of 3 from Ghouta, near Damascus in Syria, collecting drinking water from an Oxfam supplied water tank in Zataari camp in Jordan. Mohamad used to sell vegetables in a supermarket in Syria. Photo credit: Sam Tarling / Oxfam

Mohammad Naser, a father of 3 from Ghouta, near Damascus in Syria, collecting drinking water from an Oxfam supplied water tank in Zaatari camp in Jordan. Mohamad used to sell vegetables in a supermarket in Syria. Photo credit: Sam Tarling/Oxfam

Mohammad Naser a Zaatari camp resident told us: "I thought about going to Europe but I'm worried about the dangers I've seen on TV. If I leave the camp illegally the police might catch me and send me back to Syria. I want to go home but not like that." 

Sanaa, an Oxfam volunteer from Deraa in Syria holds her daughter Amna inside their caravan in Zataari camp in Jordan. Photo credit: Sam Tarling/Oxfam

Sanaa, an Oxfam volunteer from Deraa in Syria holds her daughter Amna inside their caravan in Zaatari camp.  Photo credit: Sam Tarling/Oxfam

Sanaa and her family fled Syria after her brother was killed in 2013. Two of her sisters are still in Syria but they're unable to communicate with them.

Amna from Deraa in Syria sits inside her caravan in Zataari camp in Jordan. Photo credit: Sam Tarling / Oxfam

Amna from Deraa in Syria sits inside her caravan in Zaatari camp.  Photo credit: Sam Tarling/Oxfam. 

When Amna and her family arrived in Zaatari they all had to sleep in just two tents with blankets but no mats to protect them from the stony ground below. Amna said there was no water and sanitation in her area of the camp until Oxfam installed them.

Hamoudi, 11, and sisters Sidra, 4, and Yasmine 6, from Ghouta, near Damascus in Syria, collect drinking water from an Oxfam supplied water tank in Zataari camp in Jordan. Photo credit: Sam Tarling / Oxfam.

Hamoudi, 11, and sisters Sidra, 4, and Yasmine 6, from Ghouta, near Damascus in Syria, collect drinking water from an Oxfam supplied water tank in Zaatari camp in Jordan. Photo credit: Sam Tarling/Oxfam.

Housam Shayeb, from Ghouta, near Damascus in Syria. Photo credit: Sam Tarling / Oxfam

Housam Shayeb, in Zaatari refugee camp. Photo credit: Sam Tarling/Oxfam

Housam Shayeb, from Ghouta, near Damascus in Syria, fled his home after the chemical attacks in 2014. Now he's part of Oxfam's "cash for work" program at Zaatari camp. The program employs Housam to keep his district clean and to maintain Oxfam's facilities there. Photo credit: Sam Tarling/Oxfam

Tala, 2, from Ghouta, near Damascus in Syria, waits as her father collects drinking water from an Oxfam supplied water tank in Zataari camp in Jordan. Photo credit: Sam Tarling / Oxfam

Tala, 2, from Ghouta, near Damascus in Syria, waits as her father collects drinking water from an Oxfam supplied water tank. Photo credit: Sam Tarling/Oxfam

L-R Amira, 15, Rasha, 7, Ahmad, Thakaa, Reem, 6-months, Zeinah 14, and Sara, 11 sit in their apartment in Zarka, Jordan, on September 8, 2015. Photo credit: Sa

L-R Amira, 15, Rasha, 7, Ahmad, Thakaa, Reem, 6-months, Zeinah 14, and Sara, 11 sit in their apartment in Zarka, Jordan, on September 8, 2015. Not all refugees remain at the camp so we are working to support host communities in Jordan. Photo credit: Sam Tarling/Oxfam

Sara was shot in the head in Syria, the bullet grazed her skull but she still has bits of shrapnel in her scalp. Her family fled Syria in January 2013, and spent 4 days in Zaatari camp before leaving to live in an apartment in the town of Zarka.

Her father Ahmad is considering going to Europe to provide a better life for his family. He told us: "We have one life and one death. I've faced death several times. I've nearly been shot three times and I've seen people killed in front of me. By now I should be dead. I'm willing to take the risk and face the danger of traveling to Europe if it will help my children have a better life.” Oxfam is planning to work in host communities in Jordan, providing water tanks, water filters and hygiene vouchers.

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