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24 Sep 2014 description

Amman, 24 September 2014 - After an endless drive through lanes of auto-repair shops buzzing with workers, many of them children, a small brick house emerged, tucked away behind Amman's hills.

Leaning on the mismatched metal frames at the entrance, we took off our shoes and treaded on ragged carpets, shivering from the early February chills.

When the family arrived in December, Atega and her family found a snow-covered Amman with no other belongings than the same clothes they were wearing on the day of our visit.

16 Sep 2014 description

Operational highlights and situation updates

  • Number of Syrian new arrivals has been steadily decreasing since April 2014

  • Number of Iraqi new arrivals slowly increased; approximately 100 people are being registered on a daily basis. From 17 – 21 August alone, there were over 550 newly registered Iraqis. Iraqis can still access Jordan through legal borders, and 66 per cent of these newly registered had arrived one month earlier. The new arrivals mainly hail from Baghdad, Ninewa, Anbar and Salahedine.

24 Jul 2014 description
report Pulitzer Center

ALICE SU

When the adhan sounds, a sigh of relief ripples across the room. The call to prayer marks the end of the day’s Ramadan fasting and the go-ahead for seven disabled children, six volunteers, one grandmother, and two supervisors, all from Syria, to dig into the mountain of McDonald’s in front of them.

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05 Feb 2014 description
report IRIN

AMMAN, 5 February 2014 (IRIN) - Just like thousands of refugees arriving in Jordan, Jacob Khamees experienced violence, hunger and fear in his home country. "I still remember when they attacked us, killed the animals and burned the fields," he told IRIN.

01 Mar 2013 description

Amman, 1 March 2013 – Abu Hassan has been the director of the informal education project for nearly five years. In its early years, the school in Ashrafiyeh catered only to Iraqi refugees. But as Jordan hosts more refugees, the JRS school has adapted to the changing situation.

05 Nov 2012 description

Amman, 30 October 2012 – Situated in a quiet neighbour on top of a hill, it would be easy to confuse Ashrafiyeh as just another school in east Amman. But few of the students share a common language, or religious and cultural traditions. Most have been forced to flee conflict and survive on the margins of society. They need to be supported and kept engaged. This is the approach taken by teachers in the JRS school in Jordan.

17 Oct 2012 description

Amman, 15 October 2012 – For eight months former Jesuit Refugee Service volunteer, Grace Benton, worked in a team of volunteers trying to offer refugees and their children the support they need to build a future. The courses went from strength to strength; but as she learned, the results were about more than learning curricular subjects, there were about building community and making refugees safer.

It all began when she gave a nonchalant response to an unexpected question.

18 Jun 2012 description

Amman, 18 June 2012 – Hidden amongst the throngs of Amman's population, Sudanese face discrimination on a daily basis.

"It's normal to be called 'Chocolate', 'Abu Samra' or other racist names when we walk in the street. I don't care what they say to me, but what makes me angry is when my children suffer", says Sudanese woman, Iman.

Iman once found her young son covering his arms with flour. When she asked him what he was doing, he answered, "Now I'm white."

18 Jun 2012 description

By: Justyna Alsamawi – Volunteer, International Medical Corps, Jordan

16 Aug 2011 description

Amman, 16 August 2011 – The Jesuit Refugee Service Jordan marked its third anniversary in the country with thirteen graduation ceremonies for students in its informal education project, held in the capital, Amman, in late July.

More than 280 students, comprising refugees mainly from Iraq, a small number from Palestine and Sudan, and a smattering of marginalised Jordanians, received their certificates.

20 Apr 2009 description

Executive Summary

This joint working paper lays out a rationale and strategic framework for improving food security and managing food-price shocks in the Arab countries. The paper does not provide country specific policy and project recommendations.