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The Second Crisis: The impact of the ...
Mafra, Jordan
By Richard Nield
09 Apr 2014

This short film reveals the untold story of the devastating impact that the Syrian refugee crisis is having on the most vulnerable people in Jordan.

It tells the story of the world’s worst refugee crisis from a unique perspective: that of the local Jordanians whose lives have been thrown into poverty and chaos by the influx of hundreds of thousands of Syrian refugees into their towns and cities.

By the end of 2013, more than 600,000 Syrian refugees had arrived in Jordan, a country of just 6.5 million.

Their towns overwhelmed with refugees, many Jordanians can no longer afford to support their families, and face eviction from their homes. Water and electricity are becoming increasingly scarce.

In moving interviews with impoverished local people in the towns of Mafraq and Ramtha, I was told how rents are tripling, people face eviction from their homes, and tension and violence are growing.

With Syrians arriving in Jordan every day, the situation is rapidly deteriorating. If the rate of arrivals continues, by the end of the year, there will be one Syrian refugee for every family in Jordan.

This short film is the basis for a 20-30 minute documentary that is currently in post-production. This documentary is independently produced and I am looking for broadcast outlets for this piece.

If you are interested in purchasing either the short film or the documentary, please get in touch.

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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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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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Samirs Family's Tent Zaatari
Jordan
By Transterra Editor
03 Dec 2012

This tent donated by the UNHCR is housing for Samir's family of eight through all seasons and weather.

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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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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.

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Syrian child signals 'V' in Zaatari
Mafraq Governate, Jordan
By Mat Wolf
15 Aug 2012

A Syrian child signals a victory sign while waiting outside of a food truck in the Zaatari refugee camp in Mafraq, Jordan. August 15, 2012.

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Dust Brothers
Mafraq Governate, Jordan
By Mat Wolf
15 Aug 2012

Two teens mug for a photo outside of their shared tent in the Zaatari Syrian refugee camp in the Mafraq Governorate, Jordan. August 2012.

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UN Tent in Zaatari Marked with Graffiti
Mafraq Governate, Jordan
By Mat Wolf
15 Aug 2012

A tent marked with the words "Our homeland will be returned to us" in the Zaatari Syrian refugee camp in Mafraq Governorate, Jordan. August 15, 2012.