In Lebanon and Jordan:
We’ve all heard the stories from Zaatari, the second biggest refugee camp in the world. The temporary arrangement became permanent and is now hosting ten thousands of people in the desert of Jordan. Every one of them has had dramatic experiences.
About 1,4 Million Syrians had to flee from the war to the neighbouring country Jordan. Half of them are children. But life goes on, even in the Camp: In Zaatari alone there are approximately 13 to 15 children born – each day. The experiences of war, loosing relatives and being forced to leave one’s home is not something that they had to undergo – unlike their siblings. But Zaatari and other refugee camps are tough places for taking first steps into life: Disastrous hygienic and social conditions, sexual violence and abuse, poverty and hopelessness are prevalent.
The few schools, play- and sportsgrounds that have been funded by UNESCO had to close because of Covid-19.
Lebanon as well has become a stopgap for about 1,5 Million Syrians who were forced to flee their homes. Their hygienic, economic and cultural provision is just as disastrous. There is a lack of clothing, heating and children are forced to work. Furthermore, the devastating harbor explosion in Beirut in August 2020 has exacerbated the already concerning situation, by leaving hundreds of thousands of people without any housing or food