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

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 a couple of safety checkpoint and a couple of nation. 

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

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

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

‘Nobody got here right here willingly’

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

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

Qassim Lubbad, from Daraa governorate, got here to the camp in Might 2013. He’s not optimistic in regards to the state of affairs in Syria. 

“Absolutely 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 completely 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 discuss to my youngsters about Syria, and inform them that we’ve household there, they ask me: What’s Syria? I clarify {that a} warfare broke out, and we got here to the camp. I inform them that staying right here within the camp will not be our alternative: when issues relax and the safety state of affairs improved, we are going to 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 houses right here. I reply them that this matter will not be in our arms, however within the arms of God, and that simply as we got here with out prior planning, we will additionally return to Syria with out prior planning”.

I hope that the state of affairs will change for the higher. I miss every little thing in Syria: the air and water, childhood, recollections, dad and mom and family”.

‘I need to change into a policewoman to serve my individuals’

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

Greater than 20,000 births have been registered in Za’atari because it opened a decade in the past. A complete technology of kids has grown up there, and the camp has change into 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 like college right here. I like arithmetic and English, however my favorite topic is Arabic. My dream is to change into 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 discuss to them day-after-day, and so they present me photos of our home and inform me in regards to the previous. I’m so excited to see them.”

‘The state of affairs in Syria will not be good’

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

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 in the hunt for security and safety. I don’t need to return to Syria as a result of the state of affairs will not be good. 

I need to be a health care provider sooner or later, as a result of drugs is a gorgeous career and a great profession.”

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