Making Home Away

So I sat them down and told them: the five of us are here, me, you and your father, wherever the five of us are, that place should be your heaven.
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A playground in Al Azraq refugee camp, 2019. Image by Yasmine Shamma

For Eliana, her children's safety is central to any future decision about returning to Syria:

"Of course I want (my children) to go back, but even after all of this ends, it will not be easy for them to go back (to Syria) and I understand that. There will be a lot of radical groups when they go back, and I am scared that they will get attracted to such ideologies. I am scared that they will not know whom to trust. If the situation is safe, then we will all go back. But for now their education is most important, and then going to university if they have the chance and opportunity."

Children beside a shop selling equipment for keeping pet birds, Al Azraq refugee camp, Jordan, 2019. Image by Yasmine Shamma

As this report from Human Rights Watch outlines, Syrian children's hopes for their education are frequently stymied by a lack of support within the Jordanian system, as well as overwhelming contextual factors that prevent them from progressing into secondary education.  As the report states: 'only a quarter of secondary-school-age Syrian refugee children in Jordan are enrolled in school.'


This extract is from an interview conducted by YASMINE SHAMMA during 2019 as part of the British Academy funded ‘Lost and Found: A Digital Archive of Migration, Displacement and Resettlement’  project’s Making Home Away archive.


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