I've been trying to write this blog post for days now...I spent five days in Jordan as a bit of an exposure visit with the team there so I could better understand the situation and the work we're doing. On Tuesday I went to Zaatari camp, which is about an hour and a quarter north of Amman, with a project our partner organisation is managing called Voice which is doing some really great work. Our first stop was one of the newer 'caravans' (pre-fab containers, like a site office in a construction site) to meet with a men's group. They were a fantastic bunch, and included Hassan, who took over our twitter account last week and provided a really interesting insight into life in the camp. Hassan is in the grey striped jumper, and it's his son in green. His wife had also just given birth last week so we went to meet the little one who was so tiny. The men have formed a bit of a singing group and have taken traditional Syrian songs and changed the lyrics to be about Zaatari.
This is the 'street' that Hassan lives on. He's much happier in one of the caravans now, as it is warmer, quieter and safer for his family.
Driving around the camp I got a bit of an idea of the conditions that many thousands of people are facing. The tents are very sturdy, but the massive storm that hit a few weeks ago damaged a lot of tents and in some areas we were told the water was almost knee high. You can see a bit of stagnant water below, imagine it during a storm.
"We know the Jordanians are very kind and that they don't have many resources to support us. And if we were all allowed to leave the camp to work we would destroy the economy of Jordan. But we need help. Other agencies and governments need to help."