Patiently Waiting for Syria in Zaatari

Collection with 17 media items created by Transterra Editor

20 Nov 2013 05:00

Samir, father of eight, spent seven years in the Syrian Army only to be shot in the front of his home in front of his family for asking Syrian soldiers why they were questioning him. He is now living with the bullet lodged inches away from his spine making the left side of his body inactive. Samir, has lived with his family and relatives in the Zaatari Refugee Camp in Mafraq, Jordan for five months. He continues to wait for calls from other family members that are still caught between the fighting inside their hometown of Darra, Syria. The calls come at night and Samir sends family members to the gates of the camp to watch as newly arrived refugees by the hundreds sometimes thousands pour off the buses in hope of finding their loved ones. " I am hopeful to leave soon and see my wonderful country once again," he said as he passes his one year old daughter to his eldest daughter to feed and continued, " All I can do is hope and pray this will end soon,". I stayed with Samir and his family on and off throughout the course of four months documenting life inside Zaatari Refugee camp for Samir and his family.

Mena Unhcr Zaatari Jordan Syria Refugee

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Patiently Waiting for Syria in Zaatari
Jordan
By Osie Greenway
17 Dec 2012

Samir's daughter Hibba watches their small shop outside their tent everyday from 3-8pm where they sell snacks and water. Hibba wants to go home to her families house in Dara but is afraid it is destroyed. The currencies used in these small tent shops are Syrian, Saudi Arabian, Jordanian, and US Dollars.

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Patiently Waiting for Syria in Zaatar...
Jordan
By Osie Greenway
31 Dec 2012

Night scene from the Zaatari market street that once was a dirt road now covered in small restaurants and thrift shops selling home goods and used clothing.

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Samir Waiting for Syria
Mafraq, Jordan
By Osie Greenway
27 Oct 2012

Samir, remains hopeful for a proper surgery to be able to walk without pain again and to leave the Zaatari camp that now holds over 100,000 Syrian refugees, but he is thankful for his Jordanian brothers.

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Zaatari Sleeps
Mafraq, Jordan
By Osie Greenway
01 Apr 2013

Samir's family gets settled in for another night in the Zaatari Refugee camp after dinner. The family is on their 5th month inside the camp and since then three of Samir's children have been married and more of their family has arrived from war torn Syria. The gas heaters are prized inside the camp but have also become hazardous and have burnt down rows of tents at night claiming young lives and destroying valuable possessions.

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Samir Waiting on Syria
Mafraq
By Osie Greenway
07 Sep 2013

Syrian refugees arriving at the gates of Zaatari camp on foot from illegally crossing the Jordanian border escaping the fighting in their home town of Daraa, Syria. This is where Samir waits for his arriving family members. Many refugees are shot and killed while trying to flee by the Syrian army, on occasion the Jordanian army will fire back covering the refugees until they reach safety these clashes have left dead on both sides. Mafraq, Jordan.

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Sunrises over Zaatari
Mafraq, Jordan
By Osie Greenway
31 Oct 2012

Sunrise in Zaatari Refugee Camp in Mafraq, Jordan. The United Nations High Commission for Refugees now estimates that over 47,000 displaced Syrians live in Zaatari refugee camp. This camp population is included in the total 275,000 estimated to be living in Jordan by the government. But despite the hardships of a desert camp in winter, daily life continues. Marriages, births, children playing and people calling home to check on loved ones still in Syria - this is Zaatari. Oct. 31, 2012.

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76 and Now a Refugee
mafraq
By Osie Greenway
13 Aug 2012

Samir's mother 76, fled across the Syrian border at night with her son Samir, wife, and 8 children, on foot. the Free Syrian Army helped them escape after her son Samir was almost shot dead in front of his home. "We did not want to leave our home," she said, "We had to."

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Patiently Waiting for Syria
Jodan
By Osie Greenway
31 Dec 2011

Temporary UNHCR tents can not withstand the desert weather and collapse and are abandoned. The tents are scattered throughout the camp by the large dust devils that sweep through daily. Mafraq, Jordan on August 11, 2012.