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.