Life Inside Syrian Refugee Camps


Life inside Syrian refugee camps –

originally published, in part, in The Week by Lauren Hansen & Sarah Eberspacher.

[In March 2011], Syria began to be torn apart.

Syrians took to the streets, demanding democratic and economic reforms from the government of Bashar al-Assad. What they got instead was a civil war that has turned cities to dust, killed more than 100,000 people, and forced millions more to flee.

Jan. 9, 2013: A man stands on top of a water tank as clouds roll over the Al Zataari refugee camp in Mafraq, Jordan. | (AP Photo/Mohammad Hannon)

For those who managed to escape — women and children, mainly, with whatever they could carry — some semblance of life continues in refugee camps throughout the region. Through grit, luck, or the help of others — and often a combination of all three — those displaced millions have sought to create moments of normalcy in the temporary rooms, mud-floored tents, and makeshift shelters they call home, waiting for the day their country stitches itself back together.

Here, a look at life for the millions of refugee-camp residents:

Aug. 12, 2012: Boys carry water for their family at Al Zataari, Mafraq. | (REUTERS/Ali Jarekji)

Sept. 2, 2013: A woman bathes her child at Domiz refugee camp in Dohuk, Iraq. | (REUTERS/ Haider Ala)

Feb. 15, 2014: A girl washes her family’s clothes at Bab Al-Hawa refugee camp near the Syria-Turkey border. | (REUTERS/Mouaz Al Omar)

Aug. 21, 2013: Women wait in line for food at Kawergosk refugee camp in Irbil, Iraq. | (AP Photo/Hadi Mizban)

Dec. 11, 2012: A woman cooks food for her family outside their tent at Atmeh refugee camp in Atmeh, Syria. | (AP Photo/Muhammed Muheisen)

Dec. 23, 2013: Children attend classes at an unofficial camp near Amman, Jordan. A teacher-turned-refugee set up the makeshift school because the Jordanian schools are too far away. | (REUTERS/Muhammad Hamed)

March 2, 2014: A girl gets a snuggle and a smooch from a puppy at Kilis refugee camp in Kilis, Turkey. | (REUTERS/Nour Kelze)

Nov. 21, 2013: Children play on a makeshift swing at Harmanli refugee camp in Harmanli, Bulgaria. | (AP Photo/Valentina Petrova)

Sept. 17, 2013: Children participate in taekwondo training at Zaatari refugee camp near Mafraq, Jordan. | (AP Photo/Bela Szandelszky)

March 25, 2013: Friends cut a young man’s hair at Bab Al-Salam camp near the Syria-Turkey border. | (REUTERS/Giath Taha)

Oct. 28, 2013: A family eats a meal inside their makeshift room in a mosque, which is being used as an unofficial refugee camp, in Shebaa, Lebanon. | (REUTERS/Jamal Saidi)

Sept. 2, 2013: A woman applies makeup to a soon-to-be bride at a makeshift beauty parlor in the Domiz refugee camp in Dohuk, Iraq. | (REUTERS/ Haider Ala)

May 6, 2013: An obstetrician holds a baby after delivery at a field hospital in Zaatari refugee camp near the Syrian border in Mafraq, Jordan. | (AP Photo/Mohammad Hannon)

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According to some news sources, the Syrian Refugee Crisis is the largest refugee crisis to occur since the Nazis drove thousands of Jews, Poles, Roma and other “undesirables” to leave their homes in the late 1930’s and early 1940’s.
I feel that it is the responsibility of every person in every country, and of every government, to show their compassion towards these people who, through no fault of their own, have lost their homes, their livelihoods and, in many cases, family members and friends to a war they did not start and cannot control.
These refugees are all human beings, all worthy of help and assistance, all our brothers and sisters in need, and it is shameful how many countries are refusing to help.  At the same time it is heartening that countries like Croatia — itself no stranger to civil war — is willing to open its borders in this time of need.
Namaste,
Barbara

10 thoughts on “Life Inside Syrian Refugee Camps

  1. Mr. Militant Negro says:

    Reblogged this on The Militant Negro™.

  2. omtatjuan3 says:

    There are no more cats or dogs there and now the leafs and twigs are running out… Just terrible

    • Thank you so much for stopping by and commenting. May the refugees be blessed and protected. This is the most refugees wandering in Europe since WWII. Then it was the Jews, Poles, and Roma primarily. Hugs, Barbara

  3. The media may be putting less emphasis on this situation but we mustn’t forget!

  4. Reblogged this on ' Ace World & International News ' and commented:
    Nice post Barbara 🌷

  5. Truly horrible, thank you for writing about these issues others would like to forget.

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