Zaatari refugee camp – Corriere TV

On July 21, the Zaatari refugee camp turns 10 years old. 20 kilometers from the Syrian border, in Jordan, it houses 80,000 Syrian refugees (half of whom are children) who fled the civil war. A network of 26 thousand containers that gradually became a city, with shops, men’s hairdressers and the 11 «Makani» (my room) created by Unicef ​​to educate, to get people to play, to give hope. Hamam, who is ten years old just like the refugee camp, has only seen this in life. Here is the everyday life of this vital and at the same time desperate “human colony on Mars”. Described with his eyes and his words.

“Our life it is a way to nothingSays Abed, 19, who is finishing his final year of high school in refugee camp jordan af Zaatarione of the largest in the world, which for exactly ten years (it was founded in July 2012), cradles in a vital and moving suspension eighty thousand refugees, half of them children, run away from another Putin war: the one in Syria. Escape the landscape as the little one Hamamthe main character in this video reportwho arrived in infants and in life saw only this: containers shaken by the storms of truethat fence encloses him, his parents and the five brothers only left at night with water and blankets during the bombing of the Civil War.

You have to come here to understand what It happens ai repressed of all wars when the international mobilization kidnapped by new emergencies heats up but life instead flares up and needs to be built everyday life And future. “Unfortunately, in relation to the need, the amount of donations is declining “entrust an official of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees,” at first those fleeing the war think only of survival. Then, little by little, he tries to build a real life for himself, and he does increase costs. Some NGOs here in Zaatari have had to close the clinics. After two years with Covid, that has limited people to theirs 26 thousandprefabricated under the sun, where the dust rose and caused lung disease for many children, we were the first to return here. Following a delegation from Unicef ​​Italia, which is collecting in favor of its Jordanian counterpart funds to coordinate and implement a wealth intervention education, leisure, job start-up and health care. And together with the representatives of LuisaViaRoma, an international fashion retailer that has raised millions of euros since 2018 by organizing a number of prom considered among the most significant fundraising events in the world.

Zaatari, for example, has in ten years turned into a kind town where they were born nineteen children per day with a death rate of zero. Where you go in and out thanks to the 2,000 permits that the authorities give every day to visit family members in the other refugee camps or in the informal camps near the strawberry and tomato greenhouses. Breathing. Stock up on what is needed. Pretend you’re really alive. There is small shops from qatayef, the sweet ravioli prepared during Ramadan. There is a seller of washing machines and refrigerators. The furniture dealer who finds used items on Facebook and repaints them in his workshop at Champs Elyseesas the “commercial route” spontaneously formed over the years is called, with boutique who rents white dresses for the brides and pink for bachelorette parties (arranged and child marriages are unfortunately still the rule). But above all there is 32 schools And 58 leisure centers. Including eleven «Makani»Dedicated to 11 thousand children and young people, ie center pedagogical by Unicef, where kids study and learn to say no to child labor, and where girls study taekwondo and compete in soccer on the artificial turf while running like crazy with hijab fluttering in the wind.

They play only here because they on the street are ashamed of the males, “says Nisreen Alawad, Syrian teacher of the English language, who leads one of the nine Makani from Azraq, another field refugees controlled by the UN and the Jordanian authorities, where UNICEF has excavated wells 350 meters underground to provide drinking water to all. He saw his son blown up in Daraa’s school, where he taught before fleeing. And it’s part of the thousands of Syrians working thanks to the project called Incentive-based volunteer work, which makes it possible to round up the $ 32 a month that the authorities give to refugees for basic needs. “These children they need us, “he says,” those who are born here do not even know what one tree or a flower. They have only seen them on TV ‘.

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