Refugee and migrants often face staggering challenges and risks when fleeing contexts of conflict, persecution or poverty. Some of them agreed to share their experience with us, telling us stories of hardship, but also of gratitude and hope for a better future.
Mafraq, 10 August 2017 - After valiant efforts from all involved, after many free kicks, missed shots and scored goals, more than one hundred Jordanian and Syrian boys stand in line for the pinnacle of the day, the awards ceremony. Medals and trophies for each team, regardless of outcome, mean everyone goes home a winner. ICMC and Right to Play Jordan partnered together to provide a week-long summer camp for youth, which included awareness raising sessions on key issues facing young people.
Mafraq, 17 July 2017 - The sound of cutting paper, squishing paint and dropping pencils accompanies the laughter, singing and clapping of hands that echo through ICMC’s Child Friendly Space. Eleven-year-old Zaid’s voice can be heard above the buzz. “I’m going to give my story to my mum,” he says.
Mafraq, 6 July 2017 - Pulling her young daughter, Naya*, into her lap, Rima* gently weaves intricate plaits into the 3-year-old’s hair. Naya’s initial excitement is short lived, though; she soon loses patience and scrambles off, shaking her hair loose again. “She never sits still,” Rima laughs, resignedly.
Mafraq, 5 July 2017 - ICMC social and aid worker, Dalia*, helps Syrian refugee women to speak their minds and overcome silence. Dalia first joined ICMC as a social worker in 2013 and now provides support to both men and women on subjects such as sexual- and gender-based violence, domestic violence and early marriage.