DAILY LIFE IN ZAATARI REFUGEE CAMP - Editor's Picks 14 Nov 2012

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14 Nov 2012 23:00

Syrian refugees, faced with the possibility of an extended stay in Zaatari refugee camp in Jordan, settle in. One couple, despite the uncertainties ahead, decided to marry. Mothers and children resourcefully find places to build shelves, store supplies and do their best to keep the dust down. After long use of outdoor kitchens, women in the camp are relieved to finally have a real kitchen, recently finished, in which to cook and connect with each other, restoring a small sense of normalcy to their lives.

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Zaatari Refugee Camp: Love Conquers A...
Mafraq, Jordan
By Melissa Tabeek
29 Oct 2012

Zana, 26 married Abdu, 24, both from Dara’a, Syria, stand inside their new home the day after their wedding on October 29, 2012. Though some like Abdu’s brother opt to wait until they go back to Syria to marry, many have decided to start their lives in Jordan’s Zaatari refugee camp. For Zana, though it was difficult for her to have a small wedding without her family on hand, she said that all that matters is that she found her husband. “I have my love. Love conquers all,” Zana said.

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Zaatari Refugee Camp: Household Respo...
Mafraq, Jordan
By Melissa Tabeek
29 Oct 2012

Young girls are expected to help maintain the home. On the older half of the camp where rocks weren’t laid down, the dust is still a problem for many women, not only to keep their tents clean, but to keep their children healthy and clean as well. More than half of the refugees in Jordan’s Zaatari refugee camp are children and adolescents, with the population of women with children on the rise. October 29, 2012.

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Zaatari Refugee Camp: Mother and Daug...
Mafraq, Jordan
By Melissa Tabeek
31 Oct 2012

Noor, 4, leans against her mother, Masura, 38, as she crouches to make tea in the makeshift kitchen in her family’s tent in Jordan’s Zaatari refugee camp on October 31, 2012. Many women in the camp have gotten creative like Masura, building shelves to hold supplies and creating closets out of strings to store clothing. “I don’t like it here. I’d like to be in Jordan as a refugee, but not in Zaatari. It’s a dusty desert. I am always cleaning,” Masura said.

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Zaatari Refugee Camp: Drainage For Te...
Mafraq, Jordan
By Melissa Tabeek
31 Oct 2012

Masura, 38, a mother of four from Dara’a in Syria, has created a one-stop-shop for washing in her tent in Jordan’s Zaatari refugee camp. In her tent in an area cordoned off by concrete blocks, she washes dishes, clothes and hands. Like many other residents of the camp, her family has dug a hole for the water to drain out of the tent area and into the dirt outside. October 31, 2012.

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Zaatari Refugee Camp: Water Pick Up (...
Mafraq, Jordan
By Melissa Tabeek
08 Nov 2012

Many children help their mothers by fetching water for washing and cooking from WASH units and water tanks set up throughout the camp. The WASH stations are coordinated by Unicef and checked twice a day, though many Syrians complain that the water is dirty. November 8, 2012.

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Zaatari Refugee Camp: Waiting For A K...
Mafraq, Jordan
By Melissa Tabeek
30 Oct 2012

The newly-built kitchens in Jordan’s Zaatari refugee camp have been something many women point to as a redeeming quality of the camp, finally giving them an outlet to provide for their families and enjoy the communal atmosphere among other women cooking. But though many refugees are able to use these kitchens built for the now more than 40,000-strong population in the camp, there are still are some that are not yet functional. October 29, 2012.

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Zaatari Refugee Camp: Cooking Outside...
Mafraq, Jordan
By Melissa Tabeek
29 Oct 2012

The newly-built kitchens in Jordan’s Zaatari refugee camp have been something many women point to as a redeeming quality of the camp, finally giving them an outlet to provide for their families and enjoy the communal atmosphere among other women cooking. But though many refugees are able to use these kitchens built for the now about 40,000-strong population in the camp, there are still are some that are not yet functional. October 29, 2012.

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Zaatari Refugee Camp: Neighborhood Ba...
Mafraq, Jordan
By Melissa Tabeek
29 Oct 2012

Though these women have a functional kitchen in their “neighborhood” in Jordan’s Zaatari refugee camp, Masoura, 38, and her two other neighbors from Daraa gather about once a week, depending on the weather, to make their own bread on a larger stove. After they cook the bread, they split the pile into three, each taking their share for their family. October 29, 2012.

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Zaatari Refugee Camp: A break In The ...
Mafraq, Jordan
By Melissa Tabeek
08 Nov 2012

For women in Jordan’s Zaatari refugee camp, cooking in a kitchen has been a way to restore a small sense of normalcy to their lives. Though they must sometimes wait in line to cook their food, preparing food together gives the women a chance to talk, take a break from their mundane life inside and outside the tent, or even smoke a cigarette in privacy. November 8, 2012.

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Zaatari Refugee Camp: Outside Baths (...
Mafraq, Jordan
By Melissa Tabeek
31 Oct 2012

There are shower stalls and basins set up in the WASH stations coordinated by Unicef throughout the camp, but according to this Syrian mother pictured, sometimes it is easier for women to wash their small children outside their tents in Jordan’s Zaatari refugee camp with UNHCR-issued buckets. October 31, 2012.

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Zaatari Refugee Camp: Washing (12 of 16)
Mafraq, Jordan
By Melissa Tabeek
31 Oct 2012

A woman washes her family’s clothes in a basin in the bathroom provided by Unicef in Jordan’s Zaatari refugee camp. The woman did not want to give her name, but she complained, “Look, the water, it’s dirty,” she said. This particular area includes shower stalls, toilets, basins, and one long steel metal sink. Not only does this serve as a wash and restroom, but also a place where women can get their hair cut.

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Zaatari Refugee Camp: An Infant's Bur...
Mafraq, Jordan
By Melissa Tabeek
30 Oct 2012

A brother in Jordan’s Zaatari refugee camp holds his infant sister in his arms, whose hand and arm was seriously burned in their tent when she was crawling in the tent and knocked over a pot of boiling tea. October 29, 2012

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Zaatari Refugee Camp: A Mother Says G...
Mafraq, Jordan
By Melissa Tabeek
31 Oct 2012

Ahmad, 11, stands next to his mother Naghareesh, 42, in the trailer where he and his seven other siblings live in Jordan’s Zaatari refugee camp. His father, Assad Abderaheem, was killed seven months ago while fighting with the Free Syria Army in Dara’a. Ahmad’s brother Mohammad, 16, was leaving on this day to go back to Syria and fight with the FSA as his father did. “When I signed for Mohammad [to go back to Syria], my heart was breaking. But there’s nothing I can do,” Naghareesh said on October 31, 2012.

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Zaatari Refugee Camp: Rest After A Lo...
Mafraq, Jordan
By Melissa Tabeek
01 Nov 2012

Malak, 4, exhausted from the frightening journey the night before, sleeps in her cousin’s tent. Malak arrived at Jordan’s Zaatari refugee camp before daylight on a bus with her mother, Jameela, from Dara’a, where Jameela was finally reunited with the rest of her family, her husband and two sons on November 1, 2012.