Syrian Refugee Life

Photos by Khalil Hamra

Life in Jordan’s Zaatari camp is getting harder for 130,000 Syrian refugees, most of whom have fled fighting in southern Syria. Security has become hard to control in the sprawling, overcrowded camp and refugees are falling victims to strongmen who imposed their power to try to make a living. Earlier this month, an angry mob of refugees attacked Jordanian police with rocks, prompting police to fire tear gas. There were reports of live ammunition in fighting that killed one refugee and wounded 28 policemen. The angry protests were sparked after police detained a family of refugees and a driver who tried to smuggle them out of the camp. The U.N. said it was alarmed at the “violent nature” of the demonstration.


Mideast Jordan Refugee Life Photo EssayIn this Friday, April 4, 2014 photo, Syrian girls play in an unofficial refugee camp on the outskirts of Amman, Jordan. The camp has fewer than 100 tents, some of them using UNHCR tents from the sprawling Zaatari refugee camp, near the Syrian border and others made of rice and flour sacks. The site has no electricity and no water. Activists come to donate water containers, and the residents feed off the electricity from the factory or the nearby wholesale vegetable market. Some of the refugees have already set up satellite dishes. (AP Photo/Khalil Hamra)

Mideast Jordan Refugee Life Photo EssayIn Thursday April 17, 2014 photo, Syrian refugee Abu Mohammed sits in a shop he has set up to sell women’s accessories to boost his non-existent income at Zaatari refugee camp, near the Syrian border in Jordan. It was hard enough for Abu Mohammed to flee his hometown of Daraa in southern Syria because of the raging fighting. He now has to survive on basics in this sprawling refugee camp in Jordan, and pay rent to a fellow Syrian strongman for the use of a small plot of land to set up a shop. (AP Photo/Khalil Hamra)

Mideast Jordan Refugee Life Photo EssayIn this Thursday April 17, 2014 photo, a Syrian refugee gets a hair cut in a barbershop set up in a small metal shack at Zaatari refugee camp, near the Syrian border in Jordan. The shop operates in the heart of the now buzzing market that cuts through the camp and is the heart of Zaatari’s informal economy.(AP Photo/Khalil Hamra)

Mideast Jordan Refugee Life Photo EssayIn this Friday, April 4, 2014 photo, Syrian girls play in an unofficial refugee camp on the outskirts of Amman, Jordan. Some residents, frustrated with Zaatari, the region’s largest camp for Syrian refugees, set up new, informal camps on open lands, to escape tensions and get closer to possible job opportunities.(AP Photo/Khalil Hamra)

Mideast Jordan Refugee Life Photo EssayIn this Thursday, April 17, 2014 photo, a Syrian boy plays on the window of a caravan at Zaatari refugee camp, near the Syrian border in Jordan. (AP Photo/Khalil Hamra)

Mideast Jordan Refugee Life Photo EssayIn this Friday, April 4, 2014 photo, Syrian boys play in an unofficial refugee camp on the outskirts of Amman, Jordan. Some residents, frustrated with Zaatari, the region’s largest camp for Syrian refugees, set up new, informal camps on open lands, to escape tensions and get closer to possible job opportunities.(AP Photo/Khalil Hamra)

Mideast Jordan Refugee Life Photo EssayIn this Thursday April 17, 2014 photo, a Syrian woman hands her baby to a man in a wheelchair at Zaatari refugee camp, near the Syrian border in Jordan. Life in this sprawling camp, Zaatari, is only getting harder for 130,000 residents, most of them fleeing fighting in south Syria. Security has become hard to control. Earlier this month, an angry mob of refugees attacked Jordanian police, throwing rocks, prompting police to fire tear gas, and there were reports of live ammunition in fighting that left one refugee dead and 28 police wounded. The angry protests were sparked after police detained a family of refugees and a driver who tried to smuggle them out of the camp.(AP Photo/Khalil Hamra)

Mideast Jordan Refugee Life Photo EssayIn this Friday, April 4, 2014 photo, Syrian boys play in an unofficial refugee camp on the outskirts of Amman, Jordan. Some residents, frustrated with Zaatari, the region’s largest camp for Syrian refugees, set up new, informal camps on open lands, to escape tensions and get closer to possible job opportunities.(AP Photo/Khalil Hamra)

Mideast Jordan Refugee Life Photo EssayIn this Thursday April 17, 2014 photo, a Syrian boy wearing sunglasses passes by a caravan used as a clothing shop at Zaatari refugee camp, near the Syrian border in Jordan. Some residents, frustrated with Zaatari, the region’s largest camp for Syrian refugees, set up new, informal camps on open lands, to escape tensions and get closer to possible job opportunities.(AP Photo/Khalil Hamra)


 

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Text from AP news story Security Woes Plague Syrian Refugees, By AP photographer Khalil Hamra and contributions by Mohammed Hannon.

 

Lead Image Caption: In this Friday, April 4, 2014 photo, a Syrian boy uses a small piece of mirror as a light reflector as he plays with others in an unofficial refugee camp on the outskirts of Amman, Jordan. Some Syrians have set up informal camps to flee the tensions at Zaatari, the region’s largest camp for Syrian refugees, and to be closer to job opportunities. (AP Photo/Khalil Hamra)

 

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