Published on May 1, 2014
Where The War Still Echoes: Camp Za’atari in Jordan: the biggest encampment of refugees from the Syrian civil war
Would you leave safety to fight for what’s right? Within Za’atari camp, one family yearns for freedom and home. But by relishing the safety for their children; the plightof Syria’s refugee’s is exposed.
Life consists of “of humiliation, lack of food, and cold” Leila, a wife, mother and refugee explains. She begins to weep for her children. One her daughters Fatma “always has tears in her eyes because she saw four martyrs die”. Life is harsh on both sides, but the camp does afford security and safety. Selim, Leila’s husband sits with a group of men, a recruiter hails through microphone for willing fighters; “any man with military training who avoids registration will be considered a traitor” he shouts. Selim wants to fight, but as we are left contemplating those that risk everything, the quandary of Syria’s refugee’s is exposed.
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