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A Healthy Future for Baby Abed

Posted by Noelle Wright

Zuhair Mohammad married his wife Baraa Al-Mohammad in a village near Aleppo, Syria. They dreamed of raising a beautiful family together. Zuhair worked as a tailor while he and his wife continued their high school education. Their lives were very happy, a happiness that grew with the birth of their first child, Abed Al-Rahman Al-Mohammad. However, Abed was born prematurel... more

Filed Under: Emergency Response, Health & Hygiene, Youth, Middle East & North Africa, Jordan, Syria

Together We Will Make a More Beautiful Future

Posted by Noelle Wright

“No one saw the crying women, suffering children, or the depths of the wounds. We use art to show these things to the world,” explains Mahmoud, 24, who lives in Za’atari refugee camp. Before seeking refuge in Jordan, Mahmoud used to display his artwork in his hometown of Dara’a, Syria. He says, “Art is the language I speak.” At a local gallery in Amman, IRD... more

Filed Under: Civil Society, Refugees, Youth, Middle East & North Africa, Jordan

The Amani Campaign: Staying Safe in Za’atari

Posted by Natasa Ruka

“She was crying and there was blood coming out of her ear,” says Fardous as she describes to an IRD social worker how her six-year old daughter was recently beaten by a teenage girl who lives in the tent near their home. In Za’atari, she explains, “There are many incidents of harassment against women and a lot of violence among youth.” Fardous is one of man... more

Filed Under: Emergency Response, Health & Hygiene, Refugees, Middle East & North Africa, Jordan, Syria

IRD Iftar Fosters Community in Za’atari Camp

Posted by Natasa Ruka

The soothing melody of traditional Arab ode music echoes from the IRD community center in the Za’atari camp as Syrian refugee Basar sings about the pain of leaving one’s homeland. At the heart of his lyrical message is how people coming together can create hope and build resilience. The musical performance is a spontaneous addition to an iftar, the celebratory... more

Filed Under: Emergency Response, Health & Hygiene, Refugees, Middle East & North Africa, Jordan, Syria

Lighting Up the Night at Iftar

Posted by Natasa Ruka

As sun sets in Za’atari camp, IRD staff and 120 Syrian volunteers gather to celebrate the Islamic holiday Ramadan over an iftar, a shared meal after daily fasting. The call to prayer marks the breaking of the fast, and IRD staff hurry to serve their Syrian guests chicken mendi and refreshing beverages. Very soon, the community center feels lively and festive a... more

Filed Under: Emergency Response, Health & Hygiene, Refugees, Middle East & North Africa, Jordan, Syria