A Syrian refugee child cries at the Al Zaatri refugee camp in the Jordanian city of Mafraq, near the border with Syria

The Reality for Refugees

 

Jordanian border guards receiving 112 new refugees at camp Zaatari, photo courtesy of petra.gov.
Jordanian border guards receiving 112 new refugees at camp Zaatari, photo courtesy of petra.gov.

Living in Findlay, it’s hard for us the imagine being forced to flee our homes for our own safety. Sure, some people can relate in that they were temporarily forced out of their homes during the infamous flood of 2007, but this is incomparable to what thousands are experiencing in Syria. Driven out by a bloody civil war, an overwhelming number of Syrians are desperate for a  safe haven.

A popular option for many refugees is transporting all the necessities they can carry by bicycle to the Jordan border. These people are hoping to find a place at Zaatari, which is the largest camp holding refugees. Over 630,000 refugees currently reside in Jordan. Over the past few years, Jordan has done as much as they can to aid those that have been displaced. However, they don’t provide jobs to these foreigners and can only handout a limited amount of food.

Though most refugees remain in the region, others have been forced to adapt in a less familiar area. If a refugee is lucky enough to be permitted to enter a hospitable European country, the situation is still less than ideal. Syrians face a serious challenge trying to integrate themselves into European culture. Finding a way to support themselves and make arrangements for their children to receive some type of schooling is a hard enough task which is only made more challenging by the language barrier.

As these people struggle to find a place to temporarily settle, they also are plagued with the anxiety of when and how they will return home. With a civil war not coming to end anytime soon, Syrian refugees are left to wonder if they will ever return home in their lifetime.

 

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