Inside a youth friendly space, stands 29-year-old Israa Salman El Fadel, an art teacher, in front of a dozen...
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Syria’s civil war has inflicted unimaginable levels of suffering on its civilian population and has left millions of families with no choice but to flee their homes and seek refuge in other countries. Jordan, which shares its northern border with Syria, hosts more than 657,000 Syrian refugees, which accounts for roughly nine percent of Jordan’s population. Nearly 80 percent of Syrians in Jordan live outside of camps. With job opportunities limited and much of what they owned lost in the war, Syrian families often struggle to make ends meet. As a result, 93 percent of Syrians in Jordanian towns and cities are living below the poverty line, uncertain of if and when they will return home as the Syrian war grinds on with no end in sight.
Syrian refugees living in Jordan
making it the fourth largest city in Jordan
More than 657,000 Syrians are seeking refuge in Jordan
80% of Syrians in Jordan live outside of camps and in host communities largely below the poverty line
Uncertain of when the war will end, Syrians living in Jordan are unsure of if and when they will return home
International Medical Corps is the sole medical provider in Azraq refugee camp, which is home to nearly 38,000 Syrians. We run three primary health care clinics and a hospital in Azraq that together provide more 21,000 consultations a month. This includes sexual and reproductive health care such as ante- and post-natal care services, obstetrics and pediatrics.
The psychological toll on Syrian refugees is immense. Forced from their homes by war, many have experienced extreme levels of violence and loss. In Jordan, they face pressures to start again in a country that is not their own, uncertain of if and when they will return to Syria. International Medical Corps provides mental health care services in 17 locations—four in camps and 13 in urban areas. This includes incorporating mental health and psychosocial support (MHPSS) services into our health care services as well as in Ministry of Health primary health care facilities. We train Ministry of Health staff and other primary health care providers in MHPSS so that people have greater access to services, while also reducing the stigma of receiving mental health care.
International Medical Corps runs a safe space for women and girls—known as the Women’s Haven—in Azraq camp where protection measures are put in place to help prevent gender-based violence (GBV) and connect them to services in the camp. This includes making thoughtful shelter assignments for female-headed households as well as providing hygiene products and other items. We also provide support for survivors, including health and mental health care.
International Medical Corps also provides protection and psychosocial activities for children and youth through Makani (“my space” in Arabic) Centers. We run five Makani Centers in Zaatari camp, two in Azraq camp and three in urban areas, all of which provide young people with learning opportunities, life skills training and psychosocial support services. They also promote social cohesion, as they are open to Jordanian and Syrian children and supported by community-based committees who help identify and refer vulnerable children. The Makani Centers also help raise awareness about child rights, GBV and other protection issues.
Since 2011, when violent civil war erupted in Syria, over 4.8 million people (approximately equal to the populations of San Antonio, San Diego, Denver, Milwaukee and Oklahoma City combined) have fled their homes by land and sea in search of safety for themselves and their families. What do they carry as they flee?READ MORE