Tags / Zaatari Camp
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
Zaatari camp shelters more than 120 000 Syrian refugees. The families pile up in tents and "caravans" and survive thanks to international aid. Sickness spreads, water is scarce as the temperature rises up to 40 degrees during the day. To the daily difficulties add up psychological disorder and traumas.
Le camp de Zaatari accueille plus de 120 000 réfugiés syriens. Les familles s'entassent dans des tentes et des « caravanes », et survivent grâce à l'aide internationale. Les maladies se propagent, l'eau se fait de plus en plus rare alors que les températures atteignent 40 degrés dans la journée. Et à la dureté des conditions de vie s'ajoutent les traumatismes et l'épuisement psychologique.
On Zaatari main street, a shop rents wedding dresses and sells beauty products
A child protects himself from the sun on Zaatari "Champs Elysées", the main street of the camp
Some shops on Zaatari main street
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.
A nurse gives health advices to Syrian women. He explains how to use a reydratation solution as many children suffer from diarrhea.
On Zaatari Champs Elysées, many shops have opened, giving the camp the look of a real city
A family gather under their tents. They recently fled their home near Deraa. They struggle against the poor health conditions in the camp.
A Syrian kid in Zaatari camp, waiting at Médecins du Monde clinics. Women and children form the majority of Zaatari 120 000 unhabitants
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
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.
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
The water holes are dissaminated in the camp, and some have to walk a lot to fetch it.
Women and children form the majority of the camp population. But a few of them are enrolled in schools : they suffer from anxiety and are psychologically exhausted after what they endured in Syria.