Femme et enfants réfugiés syriens sous une tente, camp de Zaatari, Syrie. Photo: Anastasia Taylor-Lind/Oxfam

Blog: Appel des Nations unies pour la Syrie : les gouvernements doivent financer l'aide humanitaire maintenant !

« Nous n’avons pas d’eau. L’électricité est régulièrement coupée. Des rats et des souris courent partout. Il y a un total manque d’hygiène. C’est impossible de garder quoi que ce soit propre. Le toit fuit... Nous n’avons jamais vécu comme ça en Syrie. Nous n’aurions jamais imaginé devoir un jour vivre dans de telles conditions. » Yasmin*, 33 ans, mère de quatre enfants

Woman and children, refugees from Syria, sitting in a tent in Zaatari camp, Jordan. Photo: Anastasia Taylor-Lind/Oxfam

Blog: UN Syria appeal: Governments must fund the aid effort now!

“We don’t have water. We don’t have electricity on a regular basis. There are lots of rats and mice running around. Nothing is hygienic. It’s impossible to keep everything clean. The roof leaks... we never lived like this in Syira. We never thought we would ever have to live like this.”Yasmin*, 33, mother of four

Helping disabled Syrian refugees live with dignity in Jordan’s Zaatari camp

Blog: Helping disabled Syrian refugees live with dignity in Jordan’s Zaatari camp

Adapting to life in Jordan’s sprawling desert refugee camp Zaatari, is hard for all refugees, but especially so for those with disabilities and special needs.

I met 12-year-old Sidra, who had arrived just two days earlier, with her mother and brother on the main street near the camp entrance. They had just gone to a hospital in the camp to register Sidra and request a wheelchair.

Why Syria is Oxfam’s number one priority

Blog: Why Syria is Oxfam’s number one priority

Recent UNHCR figures (UN High Commissioner for Refugees) show the rapid escalation of the refugee crisis engulfing Syria and neighboring countries.

In Cairo, Egyptians gathered to light candles in Mostafa Mahmoud Square, in solidarity with the people of Syria. Photo: Ihab El-Sakkout

Blog: A global call for ending the sufferings of Syrians

Thousands of Syrians continue to flee conflict every day, seeking safety in neighboring countries. Thursday 14 March marked the two year anniversary of the start of the crisis in Syria. Oxfam with partners around the region joined efforts to mark this day by organizing a candlelit vigil in different parts in the world.

Children collect water from Oxfam tap stands at Zaatari refugee camp. Credit: Caroline Gluck

Blog: Syrian refugee influx adding to Jordan’s water worries

Just a short distance from Zaatari, Jordan’s sprawling refugee camp, hosting more than 160,000 people who’ve fled conflict in Syria, lies a road full of small nurseries growing vegetables and olive trees.

Farah Al-Basha deals with workers and contractors, in Zaatari camp for Syrian refugees. Credit: Caroline Gluck/Oxfam

Blog: Helping Syrian refugees in a male-dominated environment

Amid a sea of male construction and site workers in Jordan’s sprawling Zaatari desert camp, Oxfam’s female engineer Farah Al-Basha stands out from the crowd.

The energetic 27-year-old Jordanian joined the Oxfam team earlier this year, quitting her job at a private engineering company to work for the aid agency.

Mohammed and Aya, Syrian refugees in Jordan

Blog: From Syria to Jordan: Love in a hard place

On St Valentine’s evening, the families of Aya and Mohammed gathered in a tiny prefabricated building in Jordan’s Zaatari camp,  a vast sprawling place in the desert housing an estimated 90,000 refugees who fled Syria, and agreed on their engagement.

Aya, 17, and Mohammed, 21 are cousins and both originally from Daraa, in Syria.  


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