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Patiently Waiting for Syria in Zaatari
Jordan
By Transterra Editor
20 Nov 2013

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.

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Zaatari 4
Zaatari, Jordan
By Margaux Bergey
05 Jun 2013

The "Hamza" fled Syria a couple of weeks ago, in spring 2013. They may have found safety in Zaatari, but only to encounter poor living and health conditions

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Zaatari 15
Zaatari, Jordan
By Margaux Bergey
05 Jun 2013

A child being examined at Zaatari Médecins du Monde 's clinic.
Taken in june 2013

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Zaatari 12
Zaatari, Jordan
By Margaux Bergey
05 Jun 2013

A child protects himself from the sun on Zaatari "Champs Elysées", the main street of the camp

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Zaatari 10
Zaatari, Jordan
By Margaux Bergey
05 Jun 2013

A Jordanian doctor, working for the French NGO Médecins du Monde, welcomes dozens of patient per day, mainly women and children. They suffer from the dire living condition in the camp, and also from anxiety and stress.

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Zaatari 9
Zaatari, Jordan
By Margaux Bergey
05 Jun 2013

A nurse gives health advices to Syrian women. He explains how to use a reydratation solution as many children suffer from diarrhea.

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Zaatari 13
Zaatari, Jordan
By Margaux Bergey
04 Jun 2013

On Zaatari Champs Elysées, many shops have opened, giving the camp the look of a real city

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Zaatari 8
Zaatari, Jordan
By Margaux Bergey
04 Jun 2013

A family gather under their tents. They recently fled their home near Deraa. They struggle against the poor health conditions in the camp.

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Zaatari 7
Zaatari, Jordan
By Margaux Bergey
04 Jun 2013

A Syrian kid in Zaatari camp, waiting at Médecins du Monde clinics. Women and children form the majority of Zaatari 120 000 unhabitants

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Zaatari 6
Zaatari, Jordan
By Margaux Bergey
04 Jun 2013

Children walk sometimes long distance to fetch water.
At Zaatari, water is scarce, and often dirty : many people are falling sick because of it. Tons of water is delivered every day. Jordan is a water-stressed country, and the important number of refugees could make the situation worsen

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Zaatari 5
Zaatari, Jordan
By Margaux Bergey
04 Jun 2013

Water is a scarce ressource in the camp, despite the tons of it delivered every day. Very often, the water is barely drinkable, and the unhabitants have to walk a lot to fetch it.

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Zaatari 3
Zaatari, Jordan
By Margaux Bergey
04 Jun 2013

The WFP is supplying refugees with basic food aid. Some are selling part of it to earn a bit of money. Stall like this one are common on Zaatari "Champs Elysées", the camp main street

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Stolen Brides: Syrian Refugee Women i...
Al Mafraq, Jordan
By Sharron Ward
29 Mar 2013

An exclusive powerful film exposing the sexual exploitation and abuse of Syrian refugee women who are subjected to "pleasure marriages," rape, kidnapping and sexual harassment in Za’atari refugee camp, Jordan.
Duration: 10 minutes
Format: HD 16:9 1080i 1920 x 1080 25 fps, Apple Pro Res HQ 422 PAL
Viewing format: 4:3 low res version

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Syrians Patiently Waiting on Syria
By Osie Greenway
01 Mar 2013

Images from Jordan's Zaatari Refugee Camp in the northern town of Mafraq. Here lives more than 140,000 Syrian refugees making this camp Jordan's 4th largest city. The camp began in August of 2012 as a dusty tent filled desert and is now becoming a thriving area with shops and restaurants.

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Syrian refugees in Jordan
Mafraq, Jordan
By Marina Fonda
25 Jan 2013

Syrian refugees in the Zaatari refugee camp, Mafraq, Northern Jordan, speak about their stories and perspectives. Full transcript and translation available on request.

00,57الجيش السوري هو من آذاني وهو المسؤول عن تحطيم جسدي والتسبب بعدة كسور فيه ، لقد كسر لي أضلاعي الاربعة اضافة لكسر في الجمجمة وانقراص في العمود الفقري ، خرجت من الاعتقال وفي كل سنتيميتر من جسدي كسر.
الكسور هذه هل هي بفعل الجيش النظامي؟ نعم من الجيش هل تم اعتقالك من الطريق العام؟ لا . لقد تم اعتقالي على أحد حواجز الجيش.

1,25 سقوط البراميل المتفجرة على منزلنا جعلت طفلي بسبب الخوف بفقد النطق .
هل فقد السمع والنطق؟ بالنسبة للسمع فقد خف لديه كثيراً فهو يسمع لكن بشكل خفيف ، أما النطق فقد فقده تماماً

1,44 حالات الاغتصاب كثيرة فهي جرت في عدة قرى وليس فقط في قرية "صيده" ، عندنا في خلال عمليات الاقتحام كانوت يحضرون النساء والاطفال "الجيش النظامي" , احدى المرات جرى اشتباك بيننا على جسر "صيده" فوضعوا امامنا سبعة أطفال أمام الدبابة بعمر طفلي..هل وضعوهم كدروع بشرية ؟ نعم .
وقبل هذه الحادثة جرى بيننا اشتباك على طريق داعل فوضعوا أمامنا فتاتين عاريتين ، فأدرنا ظهورنا وانسحبنا للخلف، لقد انسحبنا.

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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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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: 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: 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.

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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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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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Victory Child
Mafraq Governate, Jordan
By Mat Wolf
16 Aug 2012

A Syrian boy flashes victory signs while waiting in line for a food truck in the Zaatari Syrian refugee camp in Mafraq Governorate Jordan. August 2012.

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Food Truck Worker Warns Refugees to C...
Mafraq Governate, Jordan
By Mat Wolf
16 Aug 2012

A food truck worker warns crowds to calm down or the truck will leave in the Zaatari Syrian refugee camp in Mafraq Governorate, Jordan. August 2012.

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Warning to Syrian Refugees
Mafraq Governate, Jordan
By Mat Wolf
16 Aug 2012

A food truck worker warns crowds to calm down or the truck will leave in the Zaatari Syrian refugee camp in Mafraq Governorate, Jordan. August 2012.