Life and Death

Refugees in Jordan


Syrian Refugee Events

In the last three months, we had 4 events for 73 Syrian refugees in order to help them by meeting some of their needs. We have given each family a food box, blankets, toys, winter clothes, and shoes. 83 food boxes were distributed.


Each meeting had a welcoming word. One of our team shared about COVID-19 precautions to keep ourselves and our families safe and protected, stressing the importance of wearing a mask and gloves if possible and practising social distancing. Then, the team continued sharing a word of encouragement and hope. At one of the gatherings, we had lunch with the families. 



We have distributed 22 wheelchairs for the needy Syrian refugees in Mafraq, northern Amman. During the distribution and adjusting the wheel chairs, our team was talking and chatting with the people, hearing their stories and their situations. We encouraged them. 


Heart Surgery 

Salimi* is just 15 days old and is Syrian. His parents and four siblings left Syria because of the war, as living in their homeland had become insecure, threatening, scary, and unsafe. There were random air strikes, and unknown armed groups were raiding homes, arresting young men, and forcing them to fight alongside them. Those who refused were arrested and tortured for several months. Most of them died because of the severity of torture.

They were afraid because they were taking women. They felt insecure in their country and lost their house. Life was looking like a nightmare, so they left Syria and headed to Jordan seeking safety.


Their journey took several days. It was so hard and insecure. They left everything behind, and they only took their important papers/documents and some of their clothing with them.

When they arrived at the Jordanian border, the Jordanian army welcomed them and took the family to the camp. Just at that moment, they felt they were safe. 


They have been in Jordan since 2013. It is safe in Jordan, but it is so expensive which makes living as a refugee harder. Also it’s not allowed for refugees to work. The family is hoping to get permission to travel to a new country in which they could settle.

When their child Salimi was born, they found out there was a problem in his breathing. They checked with a cardiologist. After the examination, the doctor told them he needs surgery, urgently. When he will be one years old, he will need another surgery. At age five he will need a third surgery. 


It was a shock for the parents when they knew of his situation and that he needed an urgent operation, as his life was in danger and he could be lost at any moment. They were already struggling. The news was very difficult and heavy for them to receive. The baby had to stay in the hospital. The manager of the hospital informed the father that he and the family had to be ready at any time to receive a call from the hospital, telling them they lost their son. 


The father posted his child’s situation and health condition on Facebook. The next day, he received a call from a woman telling him that she saw his post and she directed him to us and gave him Rami’s phone number to contact.

The manager of the hospital – where Salimi was born – kept on checking daily on the boy. He would be so surprised that he was still alive. The day the ambulance of the clinic came to take Salimi, the manager and the doctors were very surprised as they knew the financial situation of the father. The manager asked the father how this all happened and how his child could be taken to this specialised centre.

While the father and Rami were waiting for the ambulance to arrive to pick up Salimi from the hospital, Rami got the chance to have a real good talk with him. Rami saw the father of another child who benefited from a heart surgery who was bringing his child for a check-up. The two fathers were introduced to each other. Samili’s father was very encouraged and less worried after this meeting. The parents were afraid but the doctor told them that the surgery success percentage was very high. We encouraged them to have hope.

Salimi had the surgery and left the hospital. Everything went well and it meant a lot to his parents. The father said, “I was about to lose my son who was just born. Thank you”. The mother added, “It is now I feel I gave birth to my child. Thank you”.



Yemeni Refugees in Jordan

During the last three months, we had two events to help the Yemeni refugees in Jordan. We provided them with food boxes, clothes, blankets, and toys. We reached 48 Yemeni families. We shared a word of hope to encourage and support them during these hard times and especially with the COVID-19 crisis.


Yemeni Refugees in Yemen 

We continued working and helping the Yemenis inside Yemen. We have sent money to Abdul*, our contact person in Yemen, to buy the food boxes/items on different rounds to give to the needy among his people. We have reached out and helped a total of 200 Yemeni families. We are very thankful for that.

One of our partners on the ground received the money to buy food items on behalf of GHNI. Before the distribution, he put the name of the organisation on the items. When the families came to receive the food packages, they saw the name of the organisation, they began to wonder and ask: “Who are they? Why are they helping us?” This was a great occasion for him to tell about GHNI, its mission and vision, “To Bring Help and Hope to the Hidden and Hurting”.



Families Adopting Families, Iraqi Refugees

During the last three months of the year, we had five events for Iraqi refugees. We distributed food boxes, blankets, winter clothes bags, toys, and shoes for 112 families.


Iraqi Refugee Story 

Kasim* is an Iraqi Refugee. He is from Nineveh Valley. Kasim is married and has two children. In 2014 when a militant group attacked Mosul and the surrounding villages, Kasim took his family and moved to Erbil. He didn’t find a place to stay. He decided with his brother to rent a house and stay until they went back. Kasim and his brother thought it would take only a few months, but it took years. Kasim and his brother stayed there for 2 ½ years; Kasim was working at an electric shop and his brother was working as a pharmacist assistant.

When Nineveh Valley was liberated from the militant group, the brothers went back, but they were shocked that everything was destroyed and their houses were burned. They lost their hope of living in Iraq and decided to come to Jordan.

Kasim’s son had suffered from paralysis due to a medical mistake. When he was in Erbil his son fell ill. He was accidentally given wrong medication that led to him being paralysed. He is doing physiotherapy and getting better. 

Iraqi Refugee Story

Fadhil* is an Assyrian Iraqi refugee who helped us to coordinate with the Assyrian families. Fadhil is from Baghdad, Iraq. He is married and has three daughters. The older daughter is an architect and volunteered with us a few times to translate during home visits. The other daughter, whose name is Diana*, was studying biology at the University of Baghdad. She received threats and was forced to wear the hijab. Fadhil was greatly concerned for his daughter, and he decided to leave Iraq and come to Jordan.

Fadhil and his family have been in Jordan since 2016, and they are waiting for doors to open to travel and have a good life and a better future for his daughters. 


Iraqi Refugee Story

Milad* is one of the attendees who left Iraq due the bad circumstances. He has been in Jordan for five years. Milad was supposed to travel to Canada on 25th of March, but because of COVID-19 everything was stopped and his visa expired. Milad had a call from the Canadian embassy saying that his new visa was issued. 


Thank you!



GHNI Assistant Regional Field Leader

*For the purpose of safety and wellbeing, “Salimi”, “Kasim”, “Milad”, “Abdul”, “Diana” and “Fadhil” are pseudonyms for individuals being helped by this project.