We Refugees: Youth in a Jordanian Refugee Camp

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Syria, refugee camps, humanitarian crisis, jordan Children play in a Syrian refugee camp in Mafraq, Jordan (Jeff J. Mitchell/Getty)

Today, one of the biggest challenges to our world is the internal and external displacement of people, which is caused by conflict, persecution, violence, or human rights violations.

According to a recent report by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, by the end of 2012, the number of displaced people had reached more than 45 million—of these, around 15.4 million are refugees. That is the largest number since 1994, when an estimated 47 million people were forcibly displaced. 

The statistics also show that in 2012, there were 1.1 million new refugees around the world, marking the most significant increase since 1999. 

As our own commemoration of World Youth Day, which ended on Sunday, and the global effort to combat this humanitarian crisis, The Takeaway journeys into the lives of refugees from around the world to share their stories and empower their voices. 

One of the most important steps is facilitating discourse and fostering direct dialogue from those immediately affected.

We start this journey in the Zataari Refugee Camp in Jordan, where Emma Bonar works as Project Coordinator for the Norwegian Refugee Council Youth Center. Along with her, we hear the direct testimonies of two young individuals who live in the camp. 

A Song of a Lost Land: Performed by Imtinan, A Young Syrian Girl Living in Zataari - courtesy of the Norwegian Refugee Council


Emma Bonar

Produced by:

Arwa Gunja and Nikolay Nikolov


T.J. Raphael

Comments [1]

Robert Zantay from New York City

Fourty Five million people , without places to live because of forces beyo0nd their control. This should show us how inhuman the entire idea of passports, and armed borders are. We would never consider stopping the migration of water buffalos in Africa when they search for food and water, but when our human brothers and sisters are forced to migrate in search of safety and sustinence we have convinced ourselves that because we are living in safety in nations that are not forcing us to move, that we have the right to oppress those in jepordy by setting up laws,like the need for a passport, and rules, like borders, that keep them from finding the same safety that we so greedily guard. We would condeme anyone who tried to stop a bird migration, are our human brethren any less deserving in their search for a safe place to dwell?

Jul. 30 2013 03:36 PM

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