Oxfam International Blogs - refugee camps http://l.blogs.oxfam/es/tags/refugee-camps es Comment des réfugiés sud-soudanais font du foot un instrument de paix, au-delà des clivages http://l.blogs.oxfam/es/node/10706 <div class="field field-name-body"><p><strong>Tandis que la Coupe du monde bat son plein au Brésil, une compétition d’un autre genre a lieu dans le nord de l’Ouganda. Dans les districts d’Arua et d’Adjumani, de jeunes réfugiés sud-soudanais ont formé des équipes de football afin de jouer pour la paix.</strong></p> <p>« Jamais je ne me serais attendu à en arriver là. Bor, l’école et mes amis me manquent », témoigne Manyangson Ngong, le capitaine de l’équipe Lucky Start du camp d’Ayilo. Le conflit qui a poussé tant de personnes à fuir pour sauver leur vie a aussi coupé court à ses études, à Bor.</p> <h3>Briser le cycle de la violence</h3> <p>Manyangson n’est pas le seul jeune à s’efforcer de faire face à la situation. Sur <strong>les plus de 110 000 réfugiés sud-soudanais arrivés en Ouganda depuis décembre 2013, 65 % ont moins de 18 ans</strong>. Sans école, les jeunes se retrouvent désœuvrés et finissent souvent par se battre. Ce tournoi de football, né à l’initiative des réfugiés, vise à briser ce cycle.</p> <p>« Quelques-uns d’entre nous ont commencé à taper dans un ballon qu’ils avaient fabriqué de bric et de broc dans les campements, puis nombre de jeunes ont manifesté leur désir de se joindre à nous et, tout d’un coup, nous sommes devenus nombreux. Nous avons alors décidé de demander un espace où créer un terrain de foot. Le foot nous occupe et nous permet de ne plus penser à notre douleur et à la mauvaise passe dans laquelle nous nous trouvons, explique Manyangson.</p> <h3>Des équipes ouvertes à tous</h3> <p>« Beaucoup d’autres équipes se sont formées. Nous sommes tous de tribus différentes, y compris la communauté d’accueil [ougandaise]. »</p> <p>La grande difficulté, selon Manyangson, est de permettre à tout le monde de jouer, car ils n’ont pas assez de ballons ni de maillots pour distinguer les membres des différentes équipes.</p> <p>« C’est gênant d’empêcher quelqu’un de se joindre à une équipe. Nous avons essayé de diviser les équipes pour assurer que <strong>tout le monde a une chance de jouer</strong>. Les ballons que nous avons récemment reçus d’Acord [partenaire d’Oxfam] nous permettent de le faire.</p> <p>« Avec plus de soutien, j’espère que nous pourrons renforcer les équipes et commencer à faire des matchs amicaux avec d’autres réfugiés dans les districts. Qui sait ? Je pourrais retrouver quelques vieux amis dans les autres équipes »</p> <h3>Des comités de réfugiés pour la paix et la réconciliation</h3> <p>Oxfam et ses deux partenaires, Community Empowerment for Rural Development (Ceford) et Agency for Cooperation and Research in Development (Acord), mènent <strong>un travail de protection et de consolidation de la paix dans les camps</strong>. Outre les activités récréatives avec la distribution de ballons de football, Oxfam aide à la formation et au renforcement de comités de paix constitués de réfugié-e-s et de membres des communautés d’accueil, afin d’entreprendre un plaidoyer à l’échelle nationale, régionale et internationale pour promouvoir la réconciliation et la paix.</p> <p>À partir du mois de juin, Oxfam et ses partenaires locaux, dont la Croix-Rouge ougandaise,<strong><a href="http://www.oxfam.org/fr/emergencies/crise-sud-soudan" target="_blank" rel="nofollow"> ont apporté leur aide à plus de 38 000 réfugié-e-s sud-soudanais-e-s et aux communautés d’accueil</a></strong> dans les districts d’Arua et d’Adjumani. Nous assurons l’accès à l’eau potable à plus de 31 000 personnes, tout en améliorant les équipements d’assainissement et en promouvant une bonne hygiène pour prévenir les épidémies, telles que le choléra. Oxfam et ses partenaires Ceford et Acord distribuent des fourneaux consommant peu, des outils agricoles, des plants de légumes, et fournissent aussi des emplois de courte durée pour aider hommes et femmes à restaurer leurs moyens de subsistance. Les organisations ont également procédé à une analyse sexospécifique des besoins de protection, avant de concevoir et de mettre en œuvre des activités visant à réduire la vulnérabilité et les violences fondées sur le genre parmi les réfugiés et au sein des communautés d’accueil.</p> <h3>En savoir plus</h3> <p><strong>Participez à la campagne <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/silencetheguns" rel="nofollow">#SilenceTheGuns</a> avec <a href="http://africansact4africa.com/fr/accueil/" rel="nofollow">Africans Act 4 Africa</a></strong></p> <p><strong>Découvrez les <a href="https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.657429914346476.1073741825.138966929526113&amp;type=1" rel="nofollow">photos des matchs de football organisés au Nigeria, en Somalie et au Soudan du Sud</a> par Africans Act 4 Africa</strong></p> <p><strong>Soutenez notre <a href="http://www.oxfam.org/fr/emergencies/crise-sud-soudan" rel="nofollow">action humanitaire au Soudan du Sud</a> et auprès des réfugiés sud-soudanais</strong></p></div><div class="field field-name-title"><h2>Comment des réfugiés sud-soudanais font du foot un instrument de paix, au-delà des clivages</h2></div><ul class="links inline"><li class="translation_en first"><a href="http://l.blogs.oxfam/en/blogs/14-06-23-world-cup-south-sudan-refugees-football-peace" title="Football for peace: World Cup fever helps bridge barriers for South Sudanese refugees" class="translation-link" xml:lang="en">English</a></li> <li class="translation_es last"><a href="http://l.blogs.oxfam/es/blogs/14-06-26-futbol-por-la-paz-la-fiebre-del-mundial-rompe-barreras-en-uganda" title="Fútbol por la paz: la fiebre del Mundial rompe barreras en Uganda" class="translation-link" xml:lang="es">Español</a></li> </ul> Wed, 25 Jun 2014 08:54:45 +0000 Dorah Ntunga 10706 at http://l.blogs.oxfam http://l.blogs.oxfam/es/node/10706#comments Football for peace: World Cup fever helps bridge barriers for South Sudanese refugees http://l.blogs.oxfam/es/node/10704 <div class="field field-name-body"><p><strong>As countries from all over compete for the World Cup title in Brazil, a different kind of tournament is taking place in northern Uganda. </strong>There, in the districts of Arua and Adjumani, young South Sudanese refugees have formed football teams to play for peace.</p> <p>“I never expected to end up in such a situation. I miss Bor, school and my friends,” says 18-year-old Manyangson Ngong, the captain of the Lucky Start team from Ayilo settlement. His studies in Bor were cut short at the start of the conflict that has left many fleeing for safety.</p> <h3>Breaking the cycle</h3> <p>Manyangson is not the only young person trying to cope. Of the more than 110,000 refugees that have arrived in Uganda since December 2013, 65 percent are under 18. With no schools for them to attend, the youths have been left idle, often engaging in fights. <strong>The soccer tournament is a refugee-initiated attempt to break that cycle.</strong></p> <p>“A few of us started by kicking a handmade ball within the settlements, many youths showed interest to join us and before we knew it, the numbers had grown. We then decided to ask for space where we created a football pitch. With football, we are kept busy not to think over the bad situation and pain,” Manyangson says.</p> <p><strong>“Many other teams have been created. We are all from different tribes including the host [Ugandan] community!”</strong></p> <h3>Becoming friends<strong></strong></h3> <p>The biggest challenge, according to Manyangson, is allowing everyone to play since, there are not enough balls or uniforms to differentiate who is on which team.</p> <p>“It feels bad stopping someone from joining the teams when they want to. We have tried to divide the teams to ensure everyone has a chance to play. The balls we recently received from [Oxfam partner] ACORD are assisting in making this possible.”</p> <p>“With more support, hopefully we can grow stronger and start playing friendly matches with other refugees and teams within the districts. Who knows? I might meet some of my old friends among the teams!"</p> <h3>Building peace</h3> <p>Oxfam and partners Community Empowerment for Rural Development (CEFORD) and Agency for Cooperation and Research in Development (ACORD) are engaged in protection and peace building work in the settlements. Besides providing for recreational activities like distributing footballs, Oxfam is supporting the formation and strengthening of peace committees made up of refugee and host communities to engage in national, regional and international advocacy to encourage peace building and reconciliation.</p> <p>As of June, <strong>Oxfam and local partners including Uganda Red cross have <a href="http://www.oxfam.org/en/emergencies/southsudan" rel="nofollow">supported over 38,198 South Sudanese refugees</a> </strong>and the communities hosting them in Arua and Adjumani districts. </p> <p>We are providing clean water to over 31,000 people, improving sanitation facilities and promoting good hygiene to prevent disease outbreaks like cholera. Oxfam and its partners CEFORD and ACORD are distributing energy saving stoves, farming tools, vegetable seedlings and providing short term jobs to help people rebuild their livelihoods.</p> <p>Oxfam and partners have also carried out analysis of the protection needs for each gender, and have designed and implemented activities that reduce vulnerability and prevent gender based violence among refugees and host communities. </p> <h3>You may also like</h3> <p><strong>See more <a href="https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.657429914346476.1073741825.138966929526113&amp;type=1" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">photos from football matches around Somalia via Africans Act 4 Africa</a>.</strong></p> <p><strong>Watch Oxfam's short film: <a href="http://www.oxfam.org/en/video/2014/south-sudan-other-side-war" rel="nofollow">South Sudan: From the Other Side of the War</a></strong></p> <p><strong>Please <a href="http://www.oxfam.org/en/emergencies/southsudan" rel="nofollow">support Oxfam's humanitarian work</a> in the South Sudan crisis</strong></p></div><div class="field field-name-title"><h2>Football for peace: World Cup fever helps bridge barriers for South Sudanese refugees</h2></div><ul class="links inline"><li class="translation_fr first"><a href="http://l.blogs.oxfam/fr/blogs/14-06-25-coupe-monde-refugies-sud-soudanais-foot-paix-clivages" title="Comment des réfugiés sud-soudanais font du foot un instrument de paix, au-delà des clivages" class="translation-link" xml:lang="fr">Français</a></li> <li class="translation_es last"><a href="http://l.blogs.oxfam/es/blogs/14-06-26-futbol-por-la-paz-la-fiebre-del-mundial-rompe-barreras-en-uganda" title="Fútbol por la paz: la fiebre del Mundial rompe barreras en Uganda" class="translation-link" xml:lang="es">Español</a></li> </ul> Mon, 23 Jun 2014 15:38:42 +0000 Dorah Ntunga 10704 at http://l.blogs.oxfam http://l.blogs.oxfam/es/node/10704#comments How solar power is helping Syrian refugees http://l.blogs.oxfam/es/node/10395 <div class="field field-name-body"><h3>For Syrian refugees in Jordan’s Zaatari camp, the sun’s light means safer nights.</h3> <p>Look closely at the photo above. Notice anything different about those lampposts? In fact, the lights in the background of the photo—which was taken in Jordan’s Zaatari refugee camp earlier this month—are actually solar-powered lamps installed by Oxfam to help improve residents’ safety.</p> <p>Oxfam engineers installed the lamps outside of sanitation facilities (which contain showers, toilets, and laundry facilities for camp residents), using this alternative source of energy to make it safer for families and kids to use these essential facilities at night.</p> <p>“We have solar panels lighting the toilet areas inside and out,” said Oxfam’s Karl Schembri, who visited the camp in July and took the photos above and below. “[They] are completely solar powered and don’t need to be connected to the grid.</p> <p>"The [Oxfam] engineers have to leave the camp each day at a certain hour, but I recently had the privilege to stay overnight. I could see these lights are lighting up entire streets, so people feel safe to go to the toilet at night. When I showed my pictures to the engineers, it was the first time they could see the effect at night. They were so happy and proud.”</p> <p></p> <p>The solar-powered lights are just one small part of <strong><a href="http://www.oxfam.org/en/emergencies/syria-crisis" rel="nofollow">Oxfam’s efforts to help families displaced by the conflict in Syria</a></strong>. More than 100,000 refugees—<strong><a href="http://firstperson.oxfamamerica.org/2013/04/26/photos-of-the-week-the-children-of-zaatari-camp/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">many of whom are kids</a></strong>—are now sheltering in Zaatari, Jordan’s largest refugee camp. Oxfam engineers have built emergency latrines for 20,000 camp residents, as well as more permanent blocks of sanitation facilities to benefit 8,000 people.</p> <p>Meanwhile, more people are arriving in Zaatari every day, and Oxfam’s efforts to provide 650,000 people with humanitarian aid in Jordan, Lebanon, and Syria are severely underfunded. Your donation will help families access safe water, latrines, shelter, and critical supplies. <strong><a href="http://www.oxfam.org/en/emergencies/syria-crisis" rel="nofollow"></a></strong></p> <p><strong><a href="http://www.oxfam.org/en/emergencies/syria-crisis" rel="nofollow">Please donate to the Syrian Crisis Fund</a></strong> to help us meet the most critical needs in this escalating emergency.</p> <p></p> <p></p> <p><em>You can also help by <a href="http://www.change.org/petitions/don-t-let-syria-down" target="_blank" rel="nofollow"><strong>supporting the petition for Syrian peace talks</strong></a> today.</em></p> <p><em></em></p> <p><em>Originally published on<strong><a href="http://firstperson.oxfamamerica.org/2013/07/31/how-solar-power-is-helping-refugees/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow"> Oxfam America</a></strong>.</em></p> <p><em>Photos: Karl Schembri/Oxfam</em></p> <h3>You may also like</h3> <p><strong>Watch the video: <a href="http://www.oxfam.org/en/video/2013/meet-liqaa-23-and-syrian-refugee" rel="nofollow">Meet Liqaa', 23 and a Syrian refugee</a></strong></p> <p><strong>Read the report: <a href="http://www.oxfam.org/en/policy/syria-overtaken-need" rel="nofollow">Syria: Overtaken By Need </a></strong>- The world’s failure to meet Syria’s escalating humanitarian crisis<em></em></p></div><div class="field field-name-title"><h2>How solar power is helping Syrian refugees</h2></div><ul class="links inline"><li class="translation_es first"><a href="http://l.blogs.oxfam/es/blogs/13-08-12-sacar-partido-al-sol-abrasador-en-zaatari" title="Sacar partido al sol abrasador en Zaatari" class="translation-link" xml:lang="es">Español</a></li> <li class="translation_fr last"><a href="http://l.blogs.oxfam/fr/blogs/13-08-13-energie-solaire-en-aide-aux-refugies-syriens" title="L’énergie solaire en aide aux réfugiés syriens" class="translation-link" xml:lang="fr">Français</a></li> </ul> Thu, 08 Aug 2013 15:20:24 +0000 Anna Kramer 10395 at http://l.blogs.oxfam http://l.blogs.oxfam/es/node/10395#comments Syria's women sitting in limbo http://l.blogs.oxfam/es/node/10412 <div class="field field-name-body"><p>I recently met Reema*, a 19-year-old Syrian girl, in a refugee camp in Lebanon. Back in Syria, Reema had her whole life before her. She'd just finished high school, and was about to go to university to study. She was eager to work and set up her future.</p> <p>Then, her family home was bombed and she, her parents and sisters had to flee. Now she sits in a camp with no chance of further education, no prospect of independence, and — in her eyes — no real hope of a better future.</p> <p>Sadly, Reema's story is <strong>just one of many</strong> among the people of Syria.</p> <p>Over the past four months, I have met many women refugees in Lebanon and Jordan. I feel honoured to hear their stories. In a crisis such as this, the views and concerns of ordinary people are often hard to find. The voices of women are especially rare.</p> <p>Many Syrian women are struggling to deal with the reality they face. Like you and me, they used to have homes, jobs, water, electricity, education and healthcare. Some are university professors, architects, and their husbands are landscape gardeners, stone masons and businessmen. Then, one day, it was all gone.</p> <h3>"I never thought this would happen to us."</h3> <p><strong></strong></p> <p>For many mothers I have met — it is their children they are most worried about. Many fled Syria because they feared for the lives of their sons and daughters. They worry that their children are no longer getting an education, that the water they are drinking is making them sick, and that they won't be able to provide them with enough food.</p> <p>Pregnant women are worried about giving birth and raising children in a camp that is dusty and dirty, where only basic medical care is available.</p> <p>Listening to these stories, I am struck by how lucky I am to have grown up in a country that is stable and prosperous like Australia. When I am sick, I go to see my local doctor. When I turn on a tap, I have drinkable water. How would I cope if tomorrow I became a refugee? I honestly don't know.</p> <p>It's not something I'm likely to face. But then, that's what the women I have met thought too. One of the most common phrases I have heard refugees from Syria say is: "I never thought this would happen to us."</p> <h3>Working with local organizations to help</h3> <p>Since the conflict started three years ago, 1.6 million** people have had to leave Syria to find safety and security in neighbouring countries, sometimes with nothing more than the clothes on their backs. Another 4.25 million people are still inside Syria, but have had to flee their homes to try to find a safe place to live.</p> <p></p> <p>Oxfam, and many others, is able to help with the immediate problems facing refugees. For example, we are working with local organisations to provide cash and vouchers so families can buy food and pay for a roof over their heads — whether that roof is a basement, part of an abandoned building, or plastic sheeting to make a tent.</p> <p>The aid that governments like Australia and individual people give is truly making a difference — it is saving lives.</p> <p>The <a href="http://blogs.oxfam.org/en/blogs/13-06-07-un-syria-appeal-governments-must-fund-aid-effort-now"><strong>UN recently asked for US$5 billion</strong></a> to provide people affected by the Syrian crisis with life-saving humanitarian assistance during 2013. It's a huge amount of money, but to provide essential aid such as food, water, shelter and medical care to the millions of people affected, it is the amount we need.</p> <h3>Making Syria safe to return home</h3> <p>What aid agencies like Oxfam can't do is make Syria safe enough for people to go home. Governments and the opposition groups inside Syria need to do that — and <strong>we strongly urge them <a href="http://www.change.org/en-GB/petitions/don-t-let-syria-down" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">to find a peaceful solution</a></strong> to the crisis as soon as possible.</p> <p>The women I have spoken to desperately want to go home. They love Syria. But until it is safe to do so, they sit in limbo in countries like Lebanon and Jordan — not knowing their fate.</p> <p>To help women like Reema get back on their feet, <a href="http://www.oxfam.org/en/syria-appeal" rel="nofollow">donate to Oxfam's Syria crisis appeal</a>.</p> <p>*Reema is not her real name.** In the five weeks since this was written, the <a href="http://data.unhcr.org/syrianrefugees/regional.php" target="_blank" rel="nofollow"><strong>number of Syrian refugees</strong></a> has increased by more than 300,000.</p> <p></p> <p><a href="http://blogs.oxfam.org/sites/blogs.oxfam.org/files/syria-clock-ticking-1400.jpg" target="_blank"></a></p> <p><strong>Please sign our petition for #SyriaPeaceTalks.</strong></p> <h3><a href="http://www.change.org/petitions/don-t-let-syria-down" target="_blank" rel="nofollow"></a></h3> <p>   </p> <h3></h3> <h3>You may also like<strong></strong></h3> <p><a href="http://www.oxfam.org/en/emergencies/syria-crisis" rel="nofollow">Crisis in Syria: What Oxfam is doing</a></p></div><div class="field field-name-title"><h2>Syria&#039;s women sitting in limbo</h2></div><ul class="links inline"><li class="translation_es first"><a href="http://l.blogs.oxfam/es/blogs/13-07-22-siria-nunca-pense-que-esto-podria-pasarnos" title="Siria: ‘nunca pensé que esto podría pasarnos’" class="translation-link" xml:lang="es">Español</a></li> <li class="translation_fr last"><a href="http://l.blogs.oxfam/fr/blogs/13-07-23-syrie-femmes-refugiees-incertitude" title="Réfugiées syriennes : plongée dans l’incertitude" class="translation-link" xml:lang="fr">Français</a></li> </ul> Mon, 22 Jul 2013 18:40:08 +0000 Claire Seaward 10412 at http://l.blogs.oxfam http://l.blogs.oxfam/es/node/10412#comments Helping disabled Syrian refugees live with dignity in Jordan’s Zaatari camp http://l.blogs.oxfam/es/node/10275 <div class="field field-name-body"><p><strong>Adapting to life in Jordan’s sprawling desert <a href="http://www.oxfam.org/en/video/2013/syrias-refugee-crisis-oxfam-aid-delivery" rel="nofollow">refugee camp Zaatari</a>, is hard for all refugees, but especially so for those with disabilities and special needs.</strong></p> <p>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.</p> <p>Sidra is paralyzed from the waist down and had to borrow a wheelchair from a neighbor to get to the hospital. Her mother, Fatima, told me that the <strong>decision to leave Syria was largely because the fighting</strong> made it increasingly difficult to find medical help for her daughter. Even so, she said, her husband, a builder, remained behind because he felt he could still earn money for the family.</p> <p>“The main reason we came here was for my daughter’s safety. In Syria, if it wasn’t for my daughter’s situation, we would not have left. Whenever there were attacks or bombings, people would go and hide in the shelter, but my daughter couldn’t do that.</p> <p>“Someone would have to hold her and stay with her. Without God’s mercy, we would have been bombed and died long ago. <strong>Just the thought of my daughter being safe and secure here now is worth everything.</strong>”</p> <p>The family is hoping to move from their tent to a caravan which will offer more space and privacy. But their key concern is to get a chair for Sidra that can give her more independence to get around the camp.</p> <p>“I’m very grateful for all the help we have received so far; the organizations here have been very good; they treat us and respect us very well,” said Fatima.</p> <h3>On the waiting list for wheelchairs</h3> <p>However, with more than 171,000 actively registered refugees at Zaatari, it’s a challenge for all agencies, <strong><a href="http://www.oxfam.org/en/emergencies/syria-crisis#donate" rel="nofollow">struggling with funding</a></strong>, to provide the level of help needed.</p> <p>Many other families are also on the waiting list for wheelchairs. 70 year-old Omayya is one of them. She suffered a stroke last year which left her paralyzed. The energetic grandmother, who used to manually harvest her fields, then cook and clean at home, now spends her day lying on a thin mattress in her prefabricated caravan.</p> <p><strong>“Going to the toilet is the hardest thing,”</strong> she confides. “I lie here helplessly all day alone unless someone comes to visit like my daughter in law. If I could have a wheelchair, I think things would be much better. I feel very isolated, lying here on the mattress.”</p> <p>Oxfam’s social mobilization, gender &amp; accountability specialist, Jeff Silverman, regularly visits Omayya, bringing emergency diapers, and has referred her case to organizations that assist people with special needs, who might be able to offer extra help.</p> <p><strong>Oxfam’s own toilets and shower blocks</strong>, which are near completion in the camp, have been designed to provide disabled-friendly toilets and shower areas. Oxfam is also finding commodes for people like Omayya who are paralyzed or don’t have a wheelchair.</p> <p>“People with special needs, or elderly people who have physical or medical disabilities, are among the most vulnerable,” said Jeff. “It’s hard for them to get services during distributions or to access water/sanitation or hygiene facilities.”</p> <h3>“There is hope”</h3> <p>With so many in the camp, its easy for people with special needs, especially if they can’t leave their tent or caravan to access help, to become isolated and almost invisible – out of sight from those who might be able to help.</p> <p>Hamda, a 35 year old mother of seven from Dara’a, is determined that won’t happen to her five year old daughter, Miriam, who was born paralysed from the waist down and relies on diapers.</p> <p><strong>Miriam is a lively girl</strong>, crayoning in a coloring book when I visit her family caravan. Her mother says she also loves to sing. “If any school could accept Miriam, she would definitely go,” said Hamda. “But the school in the camp told me they don’t have the facilities to accept any handicapped children.”</p> <p>“Words cannot explain our difficulties each day, how hard it is. Miriam is so young and doesn’t realize the problems for now.”</p> <p><strong>But Hamda says she won’t give up fighting</strong> for better opportunities for her daughter and seeking specialist medical help for her condition, which, she believes, could still be cured.</p> <p>“I believe if she had a walker, it could help her. When she has a wall, she can walk a little on the back of her feet. There is hope. I don’t believe she is a hopeless case.</p> <h3>Related links</h3> <p><strong>Blog: <a href="/en/blogs/13-04-10-why-syria-oxfams-number-one-priority" rel="nofollow">Why Syria is Oxfam’s number one priority</a></strong></p> <p><strong>Donate to <a href="http://www.oxfam.org/en/emergencies/syria-crisis#donate" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Oxfam's Syria response</a></strong></p></div><div class="field field-name-title"><h2>Helping disabled Syrian refugees live with dignity in Jordan’s Zaatari camp</h2></div><ul class="links inline"><li class="translation_es first"><a href="http://l.blogs.oxfam/es/blogs/13-04-19-contribuir-que-las-personas-discapacitadas-vivan-dignamente-en-el-campo-de-refugiados" title="Trabajando para conseguir una vida digna para los refugiados más vulnerables de Zaatari" class="translation-link" xml:lang="es">Español</a></li> <li class="translation_fr last"><a href="http://l.blogs.oxfam/fr/blogs/13-04-19-refugies-de-syrie-vivre-avec-un-handicap-dans-le-camp-de-zaatari-en-jordanie" title="Réfugiés de Syrie : vivre avec un handicap dans le camp de Zaatari, en Jordanie" class="translation-link" xml:lang="fr">Français</a></li> </ul> Tue, 16 Apr 2013 15:03:29 +0000 Caroline Gluck 10275 at http://l.blogs.oxfam http://l.blogs.oxfam/es/node/10275#comments A global call for ending the sufferings of Syrians http://l.blogs.oxfam/es/node/10267 <div class="field field-name-body"><p><strong>Thousands of Syrians continue to flee conflict every day, seeking safety in neighboring countries.</strong> 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. </p> <p>We publish below two messages from Oxfam teams and partners in Egypt and Jordan, about this <strong><a href="http://www.syriavigil.org%20" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Global Vigil for Syria</a></strong> and the global call for <strong><a href="http://www.oxfam.org/en/emergencies/syria-crisis" target="_blank" title="Crisis in Syria" rel="nofollow">ending the sufferings of Syrians</a></strong>, a call which is more urgent than ever.</p> <h3>Cairo, Egypt</h3> <p><em>Message from Areeg Hegazi, Middle East Policy Adviser, Oxfam in Egypt</em></p> Areeg Hegazi <p>I was working with Gassad Wahed, a group of Egyptian youth working on relief work in a number of countries in the region to organize the vigil.  </p> <p>The vigil was organized in Moustafa Mahmoud Square, one of the busiest squares in Cairo. As we were gathering up, it was interesting to see that young men and women started to gather around us, each coming with something green to be able to recognize each other. Gassad Wahed had printed photos of Syrian people from outside and inside Syria. Some photos had the Syrian flag on it. One interesting photo one of the girls was holding was with two girls playing sea-saw in the middle of the rubble. We stood towards the outer end of the square each holding a photo. The group was a mix of Egyptians and Syrians and other nationalities too. Some came with the Syrian flag. As people were driving, they were slowing to look at the photos was then raising their voice cheering us.  Some were comparing the situation in Syria with Egypt. Others were sending encouragement messages, <strong>“Inshallaah this would be over soon”, “You’ll go back and reconstruct everything again”</strong>.  </p> <p>People on the vigil were interested to support for different reasons, some were very sympathetic with the Syrian people, especially the ones in refugee camps. A lot wanted to influence Arab countries to move and pressure Bashar to step down. Some were criticizing the current relief efforts that it’s not enough. <strong>Most people just wanted an end to the sufferings of Syrians.</strong></p> <p>As it was nearing dawn, we started to light up the candles, some of the young men and women started forming the letters Syria in Arabic on the floor which gave a good nice atmosphere and increased the visibility of the vigil. Just then, the electricity went off and there we were all standing with the candles, this lifted up the spirit of people as many considered it an invisible support for the vigil. <strong>Syrians in the vigil were touched with the numbers of Egyptians</strong> and with the opportunity to mark the anniversary being so far from home. They were very curious about the conditions of refugees in other countries knowing that Oxfam works with the refugees in Jordan and Lebanon. They kept on stressing how they were worried about the Syrians inside Syria and how they want to ensure that organizations and providing the help they need.</p> <p>Speaking with one of the organizers from Gassad Wahed about how <strong>women outnumbered the men in the vigil</strong>, he told me that mobilizing women was much easier because women related much more to the sufferings of women and children especially with the cold winter.</p> <p>One of the Syrian men in the vigil, said that the vigil is important to remind the world even the ones passing by us, about the Syrian crisis, about the people who are dying, leaving their houses, and they need help: "We are confident that the victory will come, we’ve seen it since two years ago, but we just want it to come faster."  </p> <p>A young girl was saying that Egyptians could have easily been in their position, and no one is helping them, I am confident that it’s the people that will help the Syrians and not the governments.</p> <p>I was very happy and proud to have supported in organizing and participating in the vigil. Even though this is a little move and probably won’t help in easing the suffering but sending the message to the World and to the Syrians that in spite of all the difficulties Egypt is passing by, <strong>our hearts are aching for our Syrian brothers and sisters</strong></p> <h3>Mafraq, Jordan</h3> <p></p> <p><em>Message from Stephanie Yousef, ARDD-Legal Aid - Media &amp; Advocacy Manager</em></p> <p>Jordanian human rights organization, <strong><a href="http://ardd-legalaid.org/" target="_blank" title="ardd-legalaid.org" rel="nofollow">ARDD-Legal Aid</a></strong>, hosted a Candlelight Vigil in Mafraq, Jordan on March, 14, 2013 in solidarity with the Syrian people.</p> <p><strong>ARDD-Legal Aid is the first Arab rights-based organization that is dedicated to fighting injustice</strong> through the promotion of human rights, democracy, and inclusive development in Jordan. The Syrian crisis has affected thousands of people and created an influx of refugees into Jordan. In this time of hardship ARDD-Legal Aid stands in solidarity with the Syrian people and works diligently for the voices of the refugees to be heard.</p> <p>March 14 marked the two year anniversary since the start of the crisis, ARDD-Legal Aid united Syrian refugees and Jordanian citizens to stand in solidarity. <strong>They stood together as one in this time of adversity and lit a candle for the innocent lives lost</strong> and for the inner hope that Syria will be a country of peace and a safe haven for their citizens to return to.</p> <p>ARDD-Legal Aid would like to thank all of our participants for the support and hope this event is just one example of unity and one step closer to peace in Syria.</p> <p>Please take a look at our video above, from the event, and take a glance at our photos at our <strong><a href="http://www.facebook.com/ardd-jo" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Facebook</a></strong> page. </p> <h3>Related links</h3> <p><strong>Blog: <a href="/en/blogs/13-03-18-global-vigil-marked-two-year-anniversary-conflict-syria" rel="nofollow">A Global Vigil marked two year anniversary of the conflict in Syria</a></strong></p> <p><strong>Donate to <a href="http://www.oxfam.org/en/emergencies/syria-crisis#donate" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Oxfam's Syria response</a> </strong></p></div><div class="field field-name-title"><h2>A global call for ending the sufferings of Syrians</h2></div> Thu, 04 Apr 2013 14:51:51 +0000 Céline Grey 10267 at http://l.blogs.oxfam http://l.blogs.oxfam/es/node/10267#comments Syrian refugee influx adding to Jordan’s water worries http://l.blogs.oxfam/es/node/10292 <div class="field field-name-body"><p><strong>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.</strong></p> <p>One of them is run by Khaled. But these days he’s not at all happy. “There are problems every day,” he says, shaking his head gloomily. Apart from his concerns about worsening security at <strong><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/oxfam/sets/72157632802510283/show/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Zaatari camp</a></strong>, whose lines of white tents you can easily spot from his rows of greenhouses and olive trees, one of his main concerns is the shortage of water and the extra strains that the large number of refugees could mean for water availability in the future.</p> <p><strong>Over three thousand cubic metres of water is delivered each day</strong> into the camp at Zaatari, providing the growing numbers of refugees with clean water for drinking, cooking and cleaning. <strong></strong></p> <p><strong><a href="http://www.oxfam.org/en/video/2013/syrias-refugee-crisis-oxfam-aid-delivery" rel="nofollow">Oxfam is working in the camp</a></strong>, installing water and sanitation facilities for more than 14,000 people.</p> <h3>One of the most water-stressed countries</h3> Metred water pipes at a household in Irbid, northern Jordan. The water is pumped into storage tanks. <p>It’s placing a huge strain on Jordan, which is ranked as one of the most water-stressed countries in the world, well before the recent flood of refugee arrivals.</p> <p><strong>Because of water constraints, </strong>Jordan only has 110 m3 of renewable fresh water per person each year putting it in the 'extreme water scarcity' category (&lt;500m2) (<em>see erratum below*</em>).  In order to meet even this low quantity, Jordan has been forced to extract more water from the ground than goes back in ever since the mid 1980's. It's only a matter of time before all the main sources run out.</p> <p>In <strong><a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mafraq_Governorate" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Mafraq governorate</a></strong>, whose population has swollen to twice its size because of the refugee arrivals, and where Zaatari camp is located, problems have already begun appearing. Most households in northern Jordan are connected to piped water which is topped up through water trucking.</p> <p><strong>The piping system is old and creaking</strong>; and it is estimated that as much as 50% of water in the governorate is lost through leaks in the water network or by people illegally siphoning water from the system. </p> <p>Things get worse in the summer, when temperatures rise to around 33 degrees centigrade, and there’s an increase in population size, partly fuelled by tourists and returnee Jordanians coming home to visit their families.</p> <h3>Tensions with host communities</h3> <p><a href="https://maps.google.com/maps?f=q&amp;source=embed&amp;hl=ca&amp;geocode=&amp;q=Al+Mafraq,+Mafraq,+Jordan&amp;aq=&amp;sll=37.0625,-95.677068&amp;sspn=40.732051,79.013672&amp;ie=UTF8&amp;hq=&amp;hnear=Al+Mafraq,+Mafraq,+Jord%C3%A0nia&amp;ll=32.361682,36.219336&amp;spn=2.711832,4.938354&amp;t=h&amp;z=8" rel="nofollow">View larger map</a> </p><p>But as early as last month, there were signs of bigger problems to come. For two weeks in February, part of Mafraq town didn’t have any water deliveries for two weeks, due to water shortages.</p> <p><strong>Local people are blaming the refugees influx</strong> for making the water supply problem worse than normal. At one meeting, a host community told Oxfam staff that before the Syrian crisis erupted, water used to be delivered twice a week; now, they said, most areas only got water delivered once a week.</p> <p>The costs of getting water are also increasing. With greater numbers of users and higher water consumption, households are finding the water pipes are running dry more quickly and are having to purchase more water from the tankers – which incur extra costs.</p> <p><strong>Most families also pay out extra for filtered water</strong> to drink, complaining that the tap water is not good enough for drinking.   </p> <p>But many Syrian families, who arrived with little more than a pocketful of money and the clothes on their back, can’t afford to do this; and they’ve reported an increase in diarrhoeal cases among their young children who have no choice but to drink straight from the tap. </p> <h3>Higher costs</h3> <p>Jordan’s water woes are likely to get worse. First, the government is considering scrapping subsidies for fuel and electricity, making it likely the cost of water will soon go up. Some of the country’s well fields lie several hundred metres below sea level; and most lie at least 200 metres below ground level.  In either case, water has to be pumped out from the ground via generators.</p> <p><strong>The monthly electricity bill costs the Yarmouk Water Company</strong>, which provides water to four governorates in northern Jordan, around 1.2 million Jordan Dinar (JD) each month ($1.7 million); but the real (unsubsided) cost is more than three times higher. </p> <p>Back at his nursery, Khaled tells me that he’s had to destroy hundreds of olive trees and some of his saplings, because the cost of keeping them alive and watered is higher than the costs he can recoup selling his crops. “Right now, it costs around 300 JD ($424) a day to keep the heaters on in my greenhouses”, he tells me. “It’s just too expensive”.</p> <p>As summer approaches, the likelihood is that temperatures and tempers are set to soar, while the country’s water tables and wells continue to diminish.</p> <p><em>* Updated 24 April 2013: Erratum - This sentence “Jordan is only able to provide 150 m3 of water per person each year, compared to international standards of 500m3/year” should read "Jordan only has 110 m3 of renewable fresh water per person each year putting it in the 'extreme water scarcity' category (&lt;500m2)".</em></p> <h3>Related links</h3> <p><strong>Blog: <a href="/en/blogs/13-03-18-global-vigil-marked-two-year-anniversary-conflict-syria" rel="nofollow">A Global Vigil marked two year anniversary of the conflict in Syria</a></strong></p> <p><strong>Video: <a href="http://www.oxfam.org/en/video/2013/syrias-refugee-crisis-oxfam-aid-delivery" rel="nofollow">Syria's refugee crisis, Oxfam aid delivery</a></strong></p> <p><strong>Donate to <a href="http://www.oxfam.org/en/emergencies/syria-crisis#donate" rel="nofollow">Oxfam's Syria Crisis response</a></strong><a href="http://www.oxfam.org/en/emergencies/syria-crisis" rel="nofollow"><strong></strong></a></p></div><div class="field field-name-title"><h2>Syrian refugee influx adding to Jordan’s water worries</h2></div><ul class="links inline"><li class="translation_es first"><a href="http://l.blogs.oxfam/es/blogs/13-03-25-la-llegada-refugiados-sirios-agrava-escasez-agua-jordania" title="La llegada de refugiados sirios agrava la escasez de agua en Jordania" class="translation-link" xml:lang="es">Español</a></li> <li class="translation_fr last"><a href="http://l.blogs.oxfam/fr/blogs/13-03-22-afflux-refugies-syriens-aggrave-penurie-eau-jordanie" title="L’afflux de réfugiés syriens aggrave la pénurie d’eau en Jordanie" class="translation-link" xml:lang="fr">Français</a></li> </ul> Fri, 22 Mar 2013 15:45:46 +0000 Caroline Gluck 10292 at http://l.blogs.oxfam http://l.blogs.oxfam/es/node/10292#comments Dos años son demasiados: Únete a la vigilia internacional por Siria http://l.blogs.oxfam/es/blogs/13-03-13-dos-anos-demasiados-unete-vigilia-internacional-por-siria <div class="field field-name-body"><p>“¿Dos años? ¿Ha pasado ya tanto tiempo?”. Esa es la reacción general aquí, en el Reino Unido, cuando le recuerdo a la gente que el conflicto de Siria se acerca a su segundo aniversario.</p> <p>Hace dos años, por esta época, la ola de protestas que recorría el norte de África y Oriente Próximo acaparaba los titulares internacionales. El 15 de marzo de 2011, le llegó el turno a Siria. </p> <p>Por todo el país se produjeron manifestaciones en contra del presidente Bashar al-Assad y su partido, reprimidas de forma violenta por el ejército sirio. A partir de entonces los acontecimientos se sucedieron rápidamente y, de un momento a otro, el país se vio inmerso en un terrible conflicto. </p> <p>Un millón de personas ya han abandonado Siria. La semana pasada el Alto Comisionado de las Naciones Unidas para los Refugiados anunciaba esta inesperada cifra. Además, se estima que <strong>otros dos millones de personas se encuentran desplazadas dentro del país y que al menos 70.000 han muerto</strong>.</p> <p>Los testimonios de las personas que se han visto obligadas a abandonar sus hogares y dejar atrás gran parte de sus vidas son devastadores. Otras historias que transmiten el valor de estas personas nos dan una lección de humildad. </p> <p><strong>Omayya, madre de dos niños, vive actualmente en el campo de refugiados de Zaatari, en Jordania</strong>, y se ha visto obligada a encontrar una nueva forma de sobrevivir y sacar adelante a su familia. Su hija, sufre una afección que requiere un costoso tratamiento, por lo que Omayya ha comenzado a preparar y vender palomitas de maíz en tu tienda. </p> <p>“Son tres las razones principales por las que tengo que hacer esto”, explica Omayya. “La primera, es que mi hija es la cosa más importante para mí, más que cualquier otra cosa en el mundo. La segunda, que mi madre es anciana y sufre diabetes e hipertensión arterial, por lo tanto no puede hacer nada y necesita mi ayuda. Y la tercera, que se trata de una cuestión de solidaridad,  tanto con mi familia como con cualquier otra persona que lo necesite. <strong>Aquí todos necesitamos ayuda</strong>. En el campo, las cosas son muy caras. Cualquiera que pueda trabajar, debe hacerlo para ayudar al resto”.</p> <h3>Vigilia el 14 de marzo</h3> <p>El próximo jueves, 14 de marzo, en vísperas del segundo aniversario del inicio de esta crisis, personas de todo el mundo mostrarán su solidaridad con la población siria. </p> <p>Desde el Líbano a Países Bajos, pasando por Egipto y Alemania, celebraremos una vigilia a la luz de las velas. Y queremos que participes. </p> <p>Mientras estas vigilias tienen lugar, celebraremos también otra virtual en las redes sociales y tú puedes ser parte de ella<strong>.</strong> Tuitea una foto tuya sosteniendo una vela a <a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23SyriaCrisis&amp;src=hash" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">#SyriaCrisis</a> para que nuestro llamamiento por la paz sea aún más fuerte.</p> <p>Visita <strong><a href="http://syriavigil.org/" rel="nofollow">syriavigil.org</a></strong> para saber si alguna de estas vigilias se celebrará cerca de ti. En esta página web también encontrarás consejos para organizar tu propia vigilia, sin importar lo pequeña que sea. </p> <p>Luchemos por la paz. Muestra al pueblo de Siria que el mundo no les ha olvidado. </p> <h3>Más información</h3> <p><a href="http://www.oxfam.org/es/emergencies/crisis-en-siria" rel="nofollow">Crisis en Siria</a></p></div><div class="field field-name-title"><h2>Dos años son demasiados: Únete a la vigilia internacional por Siria</h2></div><ul class="links inline"><li class="translation_en first last"><a href="http://l.blogs.oxfam/en/blogs/13-03-13-two-years-too-long-join-global-vigil-syria" title="Two years too long: Join the Global Vigil for Syria" class="translation-link" xml:lang="en">English</a></li> </ul> Wed, 13 Mar 2013 14:50:01 +0000 Céline Grey 10238 at http://l.blogs.oxfam http://l.blogs.oxfam/es/blogs/13-03-13-dos-anos-demasiados-unete-vigilia-internacional-por-siria#comments Two years too long: Join the Global Vigil for Syria http://l.blogs.oxfam/es/node/10237 <div class="field field-name-body"><p><strong>‘Two years? Has it been going on that long?’ That’s the common reaction when I tell people in the UK that the conflict in Syria is nearing its second anniversary.</strong></p> <p>This time two years ago, the international news agenda was dominated by stories about the wave of protests running across North Africa and the Middle East. On 15 March 2011 it was Syria’s turn.</p> <p>Nationwide demonstrations took hold against President Bashar al-Assad and his ruling party, which were quickly met with a violent response from the national army. Events rapidly spiralled and the country soon found itself in the midst of a terrible conflict.</p> <p><strong>One million people have now fled Syria.</strong> This unimaginable figure was announced last week by the UN High Commissioner for Refugees. Inside the country it is estimated that there are another two million people displaced and at least 70,000 killed.</p> <p>The stories told by people who have been forced to flee their homes, leaving almost everything behind them, are heartbreaking. And the stories of courage humbling. </p> <p><strong>Omayya, a mother of two,</strong> currently living in Zaatari refugee camp in Jordan, has had to find a new way of making ends meet and supporting her family. Her daughter has a medical condition that requires expensive treatment so Omayya has started making and selling pop corn from her tent. </p> <p>“There are three main reasons I have to do this,” Omayya explains, “One, is that my daughter is the most important thing to me than anything else in the world. Second, my mother is old she has diabetes and high blood pressure and is not able to do anything and needs my help; and thirdly, in terms of solidarity in our family and anyone else in need. Everyone is in need here; things are very expensive in the camp. Whoever can work should work to help other people.”</p> <h3>#SyriaCrisis Global Vigil - Thursday 14 March </h3> <p>On Thursday 14 March, the eve of the two year anniversary since the start of the crisis, people all over the world will be showing their solidarity with the people of Syria. </p> <p>Candlelit vigils will be held from Lebanon to The Netherlands, from Egypt to Germany. And we want you to join us. </p> <p>While vigils are taking place across the globe, a virtual vigil will take over social media and you can be part of this. <strong>Tweet a picture of yourself holding a candle to <a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23SyriaCrisis&amp;src=hash" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">#SyriaCrisis</a></strong> to strengthen the call for peace. </p> <p>You can also visit <strong><a href="http://syriavigil.org/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">syriavigil.org</a></strong> to find out if a vigil is taking place near you and for tips on how to organise your own vigil, no matter how small. </p> <p><strong>Stand up for peace and show the people of Syria that the world has not forgotten them. </strong></p> <h3>Related links</h3> <p><strong><a href="http://syriavigil.org/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Syria Vigil website</a></strong></p> <p><strong>Oxfam's <a href="/en/emergencies/syria-crisis" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">response to the Crisis in Syria</a></strong></p></div><div class="field field-name-title"><h2>Two years too long: Join the Global Vigil for Syria</h2></div><ul class="links inline"><li class="translation_es first last"><a href="http://l.blogs.oxfam/es/blogs/13-03-13-dos-anos-demasiados-unete-vigilia-internacional-por-siria" title="Dos años son demasiados: Únete a la vigilia internacional por Siria" class="translation-link" xml:lang="es">Español</a></li> </ul> Wed, 13 Mar 2013 11:23:27 +0000 Céline Grey 10237 at http://l.blogs.oxfam http://l.blogs.oxfam/es/node/10237#comments Helping Syrian refugees in a male-dominated environment http://l.blogs.oxfam/es/node/10400 <div class="field field-name-body"><p><strong>Amid a sea of male construction and site workers in Jordan’s sprawling <a href="http://www.oxfam.org/en/video/2013/syrias-refugee-crisis-oxfam-aid-delivery" rel="nofollow">Zaatari desert camp</a>, Oxfam’s female engineer Farah Al-Basha stands out from the crowd.</strong></p> <p>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.</p> <p><strong>Instead of working on military and defense contracts</strong> and designing underground bunkers, she now helps to oversee work <strong><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/oxfam/8489501474/in/set-72157632802510283/" rel="nofollow">building toilet and shower blocks</a></strong> and <strong><a href="https://twitter.com/carooxfam/status/295573268935630849/photo/1" rel="nofollow">installing water tanks</a></strong> at Zataari’s refugee camp. She’s been involved in drawing up quality, safety and inspection plans; liaising with and advising contractors; and carrying out on-site inspections to ensure standards are met at every stage along the construction project.</p> <p>“I wanted to work with an NGO to help people here, to try to do something more for the community. For me, work shouldn’t just be about the money,” she said.</p> <p>But she admits her first visit to the camp was a bit of a shock. “It was the first time I have ever been to a refugee camp and, honestly, it was overwhelming,” she said. “I had only seen this on television, not first-hand. I realized this job was going to be totally different in terms of what it required of me than my previous work.</p> <p><strong>“It’s been a life-changing experience for me.</strong> Helping to change people’s lives is not an easy thing to do. Its also a difficult thing to realize that, as much as you want, you can't help everyone everywhere.”</p> <h3>A role model</h3> <p><strong>In Zaatari camp, Farah is a woman on a mission:</strong> determined to show that women engineers are just as capable as their male counterparts and making sure she is up to date on all the latest reading and research to make sure that no-one can fault her. Farah’s day-to-day work involves overseeing and inspecting the work of the (all-male) laborers and making sure everything goes to plan – or if it doesn’t, finding solutions to daily problems.</p> <p>“Every day is crazy and every day is really busy,” says Farah.</p> <p>When I visit, she points out wide cracks in the cement floor of a new block which will house toilets and showers. “Look, the cracks are so wide,” she says, pointing to the floor where she has marked in red ink the word “rejected”.</p> <p>“This will cause problems… the contractors will have to fix it,” she says, shaking her head.</p> <p>She’s firm but polite as she speaks to the contractors, pointing out the problem. But they accept what she says. “I’m very demanding and quite strict, but they respect me,” she says. “They realize I am not here for a fashion show, but I’m an expert and know what I’m talking about.</p> <p>“Every day, big groups of women and children follow me as I work in the camp,” she says. “The girls say they see me as a kind of role model and say they’d like to do work like me when they are older.”</p> <p>“The children in the camp love to see us work: they make sure they are awake and up and about when we arrive in the camp for our day’s work.”</p> <h3>“You have to be firm”</h3> <p>Farah had hoped to recruit an all-female team to work with her: but the first female junior engineer she hired quit after a few days into the job. “It’s a shame. This woman was very shy and it was really difficult for her to deal with the male laborers. You have to be firm.</p> <p><strong>“There are many women engineers in Jordan</strong>, but most choose not to work on-site but to stay working in offices. I’ve been working as an engineer for the last six years and I’m always the only female engineer on site.”</p> <p>Undaunted by some of the setbacks, Farah is full of plans and ideas. She’s hoping to pass on some basic engineering and plumbing skills to some people in the camp; and to get women in the camp more involved with the work Oxfam is doing.</p> <p>Spending most of her days in the camp, she says, is a tiring but rewarding experience.</p> <p>“We’re surrounded by children for most of the day. We walk together, we eat together, we share stories and dreams. When the time comes to leave the camp, we get into our car, tired and exhausted with messy hair and dirty jeans, with our faces a bit more darkened by the sun than the day before.</p> <p>“We’re thinking about how lovely a bubbly shower will be, but before closing the doors, the kids come and say: ‘See you tomorrow’ and we close the doors with a big smile, forget about how dirty we are, or how lovely this bubbly shower will be and we start thinking about what can we do next for those kids.”</p> <h3>Act now</h3> <p></p> <p><em><a href="http://www.change.org/petitions/don-t-let-syria-down" target="_blank" rel="nofollow"><strong>Support the petition for Syrian peace talks</strong></a> today.</em></p> <h3>Related links</h3> <p><strong>Video: <a href="http://www.oxfam.org/en/video/2013/syrias-refugee-crisis-oxfam-aid-delivery" rel="nofollow">Syria's refugee crisis, Oxfam aid delivery</a></strong></p> <p><strong><a href="http://www.oxfam.org/en/emergencies/syria-crisis" rel="nofollow">Crisis in Syria</a></strong></p></div><div class="field field-name-title"><h2>Helping Syrian refugees in a male-dominated environment</h2></div> Fri, 08 Mar 2013 00:00:00 +0000 Caroline Gluck 10400 at http://l.blogs.oxfam http://l.blogs.oxfam/es/node/10400#comments