Individuals Tell Stories of Their Struggles

Refugees in Jordan


Families Adopting Families 


The lockdown continued in Jordan for this month, and we were able to help more than 130 families among the Iraqi refugees with food boxes that consisted of several basic and important items. 


Bushra is a member of one of the refugee families who we have been bringing help and hope for a long time. Bushra’s family is still waiting to be placed and settled by the UN. 


In the midst of all that is happening, and the great need among many locals and refugees, Bushra contacted us not to ask about help for her own family but to ask us kindly to help families in her neighbourhood whose situation is bad and who are in desperate need.

It is touching indeed; in a time where everyone is concerned to get the help they can for their families in order to get through the current situation (this pandemic and uncertainty); you see this and you are hopeful. We were able to help five refugee families through Bushra.


Escaping with Her Family: Bushra’s Story


Bushra is a Sunnah Muslim from Baghdad. She and her husband were wealthy people, each possessing their own car. They had everything they wanted.


Members of a Shia group attacked her husband and kidnapped him. She did not know why they took him nor where he was, and for 20 days she didn’t hear anything from or about him. She herself also received death threats.

Bushra decided to leave the country, not only for herself, but for the sake of her two daughters. She left Iraq on October 1st, 2013 and came to Jordan. 


In 2015, her husband showed up and came to Jordan, as he knew about the threats his wife received. Her husband was not in good shape. He had been traumatised and tortured, which affected his health.

Bushra inherited part of the family house after the death of her father. As a refugee in Jordan, her life is much different than it was back in Iraq.

Her husband tried to work twice but was caught in the attempt. He could have been sent back to Iraq and separated from his family but, thankfully, that did not happen. It's hard for him to stay at home; he feels like he’s in a prison, where he is limited and can't help his family, which makes him feel useless. 

Bushra and her family are living in one small basement room in unhealthy conditions. It's humid, they do not have any money, and they are in a miserable situation. Bushra decided to try to get her inheritance left by her dad, which would help her and her family live in better conditions. However, she could not go back to Baghdad and had to delegate this to her neighbour. He went along with the process, and all went well until he received the money, after which he turned off his phone. Bushra tried to contact him multiple times, but the attempts failed, and there is no other way to reach him. Sadly, Bushra is still waiting in Jordan like so many other refugees.


Syrian Refugees


This month, while the lockdown continued, we were able to help more than 70 Syrian refugee families by providing food boxes that contained several basic necessities.

One Syrian woman, Eliana, is married and has one daughter. Back in Syria, Eliana was caught by the free army when she was nine years old; the army violently grabbed her by the arm, an attack that badly harmed her shoulder.

Eliana’s whole arm was twisted in the accident and, since then, she has needed many surgeries. Eliana underwent these surgeries when she arrived in Jordan, but even now her arm and shoulder are still badly affected.

We shared with Eliana’s family the message of love, hope and encouragement, and her mum was very responsive. We were able to help this family by providing them with a food box as well as a hygiene kit.


Yemeni Refugees


During the month, while the lockdown continued, we were able to help 50 Yemeni refugee families by providing food boxes that contain several basic necessities.

Khawlah is a 58-year-old refugee from Yemen who we met through our mobile clinic services. She had hypertension, and it was treated and controlled through our doctor's medical advice and follow-up.

Khawlah has seen closely how our team works. We have helped her in various ways and stood by her side in many critical situations. Because of this, Khawlah wanted to help in any possible way, and she is now a volunteer with our team.

Khawlah helps contact other Yemeni refugees who are in need of medical treatment and arrange for them to visit our mobile clinic, as well as recommend families who are in need of a home visit. During this recent distribution, we helped several Yemeni families through Khawlah.


Thank you,



GHNI Assistant Regional Field Leader

*For the purpose of safety and wellbeing, “Bushra” , “Eliana” and “Khawlah” are pseudonyms for individuals being helped by this project.