Women and girls talk education for Syrian refugees in Jordan [video]
Four Syrian refugee girls in that category can be found here in Salahiyet al-Abed, an area on the outskirts of Amman, playing in a shadeless street, chatting and singing songs in a breezy stairwell. They are among the three-quarters of the 150,000 Syrian school-aged children in Jordan who are unable to attend school.
This Arabic song, sung by a young Syrian refugee named Gufran, now living in in Jordan, was dedicated to people killed in the war in Syria. This is a translation of the lyrics.
More than half a million Syrian refugees live in Jordan, concentrated in major cities such as Amman, Irbidand Mafraq.
In Jordan, the numbers of unschooled children have surpassed 100,000 and UNICEF estimates that more than 3,000 schools in Syria have been damaged or destroyed since the start of the Syrian conflict and another 900 have been turned into shelters. Almost 2 million Syrian children have dropped out of school since last fall.
Today, Women’s eNews staff entered Za’atari refugee camp for the first time, our Catapult project is moving forward.
Our team, Hajer Naili, Dominique Soguel and Touline Habake, were briefed by the UNHCR, shown here with a map of the camp.
A short video from Instagram shows the entrance way to the camp.
Stick with us as we prepare to launch a new tumblr for our reporters to document their work, their reporting and their new friends. .
All photo’s courtesy of Women’s eNews staff reporter, Hajer Naili.
"Tears would run down my face when I look back at the life we used to have and what has become of us; poor, depressed, stateless, abandoned, helpless and hopeless."
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