Sign up today to join our online community, receive email alerts, and make a difference!
Cancel

A Syrian Family Arrives At Zaatari

A Syrian Family Arrives At Zaatari (1)

This family fled to Jordan from Deir Ezzor in eastern Syria. They traveled for several days along the Iraqi border until they reached Jordan and were able to settle into Zaatari refugee camp, the second largest refugee camp in the world. Abu Ibrahim said that his family is one of the only families in the camp from Deir Ezzor and that he chose to come to Zaatari because he heard that services in the camp were established and that there were schools and parks where his children could play.

A Syrian Family Arrives At Zaatari (2)

Fatma is an aspiring doctor and wants to treat patients in her country's capital one day.

A Syrian Family Arrives At Zaatari (3)

Heba is 11 years old and lives in Zaatari camp with her family. Standing in the entrance of her father’s makeshift corner store next to their tent in Zaatari, Heba tells WFP that she wants to work as a policymaker when she grows up. “My siblings are younger than me and I need to take care of them. I want  to help make the rules so I can be sure that they can grow up in a safe place and become whatever they dream of,” she said. For an 11 year old, Heba is far beyond her time.

A Syrian Family Arrives At Zaatari (4)

Aya stands with her neighbours in Zaatari camp in Jordan. She is one of 60,000 children in Zaatari camp who miss something from home. Aya tells a WFP staffer that her mother promised her she could return home to Syria as soon as possible to collect her teddy bears and bring them back to Jordan where they can sleep with her in her tent in Zaatari camp.

A Syrian Family Arrives At Zaatari (5)

Haneen was born a refugee only 10 days before this photo was taken; her parents fled Syria 4 days before she was born for fear that they wouldn't find a doctor to deliver her safely back home. Thankfully, Haneen is healthy and her four siblings are thrilled to have her. As for her father, having left his business behind in Deraa, he's worried about how he will provide for his wife and five children when his savings run out.

text