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Since the conflict in Syria began over two years ago, the number of civilians who have been forced to flee the fighting has increased incessantly. More than 500,000 people have in the meantime sought refuge in Jordan. Amongst them is Fadeela, a beneficiary of the Terre des hommes (Tdh) programme in the northern part of the country. After having suffered the horrors of war, she now has to face the tough daily life of a refugee.
Fadeela, 38, held out in the town of Homs for over 20 months, under the shelling and bomb attacks. She lost all her possessions when her home was totally destroyed in the fighting that raged in the region. Finally she was forced to flee the country towards Jordan, together with her 12 children, her mother-in-law and three sisters-in-law, leaving behind her husband, a taxi driver. Since that day, she has had no news of him.
Once in Jordan, in the Zaatari camp in the north, another trial awaited her. They were accommodated in a tiny caravan where the entire family – 17 in all – were crammed together in the stifling heat. After two months of living in these conditions, she decided to borrow money from friends and found a small 3-room flat in Al-Mafraq town for $400 a month. Although this is a lot more comfortable than their previous place, the flat is far too small for such a large family.
Since then, Fadeela has been struggling to meet the family’s needs. But without resources, she is in a desperate situation. Identified by the Tdh team, our Foundation came to her aid by supplying food and other basics. So that the family can benefit from regular help from the Jordan state, Fadeela and the others have to be registered with the UNHCR (United Nations Agency for Refugees). Tdh undertook to help her cope with this procedure, too.
Today, Fadeela feels less alone and helpless. She hopes her children can soon benefit from the Jordanian health system and go back to school, so they can live more normally. However, she knows only too well that the way will be long and hard, to get back to the decent life they had before the war, in a real home of their own. As if to underline this, she has given her youngest daughter the name ‘Hajer’, which means ‘the one who emigrates’.