Forced to Flee

Refugees in Jordan

 

Families Adopting Families 

 

*Burhan is a married man with four children from Qaraqosh, Iraq. He worked as an automobile mechanic until 2014, when a violent group attacked the land and took it over. They got bombed and forced to flee to Erbil, Kurdistan.

 

There they stayed in a compound for Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs). They stayed there for about a year then rented a house. It was so hard for them living in the IDP compound because they had to share toilets and bathrooms.
 

After Iraq was freed from the violent group, Burhan and his family went back to their village to check on their house and belongings, but they found everything destroyed. Dead bodies were scattered everywhere. It almost looked like a ghost city. They tried to live there, but they couldn't because people from other areas were moving in.
 

They tried, but then they gave up on life there and traveled to Jordan. They haven’t applied for immigration status, yet, because they came recently to Jordan. The mother is a great cook; she makes pastries and sweets. They were so happy for our visit and thanked us for the help and the supplies. 

 

Mobile Clinic

The mobile clinic received 17 Iraqi patients during August.  

 

Syrian Refugees

 

One Syrian family is from Daraa. In 2013, the war started between the people and the Syrian army which caused chaos and was the reason for a lot of destruction in Syria.
 

When the *Ola the wife was still in Syria, her husband was in Lebanon because of work. He worked in a car wash and other jobs until it became too dangerous for Ola and her sick children, so they had to leave. 
 

Girls were being kidnapped and people getting killed. Ola moved a lot from place to place in Syria where she stayed for two months without food, and six months were spent in the cold weather until she decided to leave for Jordan.
 

Ola has had eight children. Four daughters and three sons are living. Two of the daughters have heart problems and both cannot hear or speak. One of her sons had the same condition and sadly passed away back in Syria.
 

While they were in this situation, Ola had to run away with her children. She walked three kilometres to reach the Jordanian border. It was night, and they had to wait and be quiet or the Syrian army would shoot them dead or even bomb them.
 

The situation was really tough and cruel. Some people were leaving their own children in the dry desert so they could run faster, others left their luggage. Finally, she reached the border but then had to go and meet her husband also from the Lebanese border. 

 

Staying in the camp, Ola and her family went through a lot; everyone was using one bathroom and toilet. Different families were sharing tents. The winter seasons were cruel until they were moved to the caravans.
 

*Rasha, Ola’s 4-year-old daughter has heart problems, and she had had four heart attacks. The last one was in May, 2019.  Ola took Rasha and ran to the doctor, but the doctor did not see her.

 

She went to another doctor and they left her daughter aside and asked for some papers from her that she didn’t have. Rasha didn’t have heart surgery, but she needs it, as well as ear surgery, because she’s a deaf-mute.
 

*Qamar is Ola's other daughter. She is 19 years old and has the same problem with her heart and is a deaf-mute too. She has already had heart surgery, and now she needs ear surgery. Qamar teaches sign language in a school for deaf-mute children.
 

*Adnan is an 8-year-old who has heart problems as well, but, thankfully, he can speak normally. Adnan was taken to a doctor to check his condition. They said he has heart problems, but they can't do surgery because it might lead to other complications.

 

Mobile Clinic 

Our mobile clinic received 37 Syrian patients this month. 

 

Yemeni Refugees in Jordan

 

Mobile Clinic 

The mobile clinic received 20 patients from Sudan, 13 patients from Yemen, and 15 from Jordan. 

 

The clinic received monthly several families from Jordan. They lived in tough situations, and in spite of their residency, most of them don’t have health insurance.

 

Also, during this month, we distributed bedsheets and pillows to the Yemeni and Sudanese refugee families at the mobile clinic. 

 

*Rosarita is a divorced Yemeni lady without children, who lives alone in a small, old apartment, complaining of chronic diseases. She comes to the clinic to take her monthly medications. 

 

Rami

GHNI Assistant Regional Field Leader

*For the purpose of safety and wellbeing, “Burhan”, “Ola”,“Qamar”,  “Rasha”, “Adnan”, and “Rosarita” are pseudonyms for individuals being helped by this project.