“I Want to Help People”

“I Want to Help People”

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Hazan has fled from Syria a few days ago. Now she volunteers in CARE’s community center in Azraq.

Around 60 people are sitting in CARE’s community centre in Azraq, the new refugee camp in the north of Jordan. They are sitting on brown plastic chairs wearing suits, jogging pants, leather jackets, dresses and traditional clothes. They came with what they were wearing when they had to flee. They were laborers, lawyers, doctors, famers, teachers or students. They had a job, a house, a flat. They had a good life. With three years of war behind them they are now sitting here, in Azraq, 90 kilometres from the Syrian border in the middle of the desert. They learn how their everyday life, their world will look like now, in the next months and maybe years to come. These are people who have lost everything. Yousef Filali is one of several CARE staff who is leading information sessions every day.

When refugees arrive in Azraq, they learn everything they need to know about the camp: Where they receive food; how the water supply functions; where they can seek medical aid; where their children can play and go to school. Hazan supports Yousef. She walks through the rows answering questions and registering the people who are attending on a list. Hazan is only 20 years old and is a Syrian refugee herself. She arrived in Azraq two days ago with her four siblings and her parents. It has been a long time since she last lived in her home town of Homs. For almost two years she and her family have sought safety in different areas of Syria.

“My home is nothing more but a memory. More than anything else I miss sleeping in my own bed,” Hazan says. Her parents were afraid that Hazan and her sister could be raped and her brothers could be arrested. Thinking about her friends and her school which she had to leave a few days before her final exams makes her sad. “This is my second day with CARE, but I already feel a lot better. I feel like I have found a new family.” In Azraq, she even met people and neighbors she knows from Syria. “Like us, they always said they would never leave Syria. But at some point, there is nothing left. No house, no food, nothing. When I arrived in Azraq it felt a little bit like coming home. Everyone here is from Syria! I just wonder whether there is anyone left in Syria.” As one of 16 CARE volunteers in Azraq, Hazan assists in the information sessions, speaks with newly arrived refugees, and registers them in CARE’s community center if they need further help. “I learn a lot, but when the war is over I want to do something else. I want to study pharmacy. I want to help people, prescribe medication for pain, and heal them. At the moment I am trying to heal with my words and do as much as possible to make my fellow Syrians’ lives a little bit easier and more worthwhile.”

by Johanna Mitscherlitch

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Haza, 20, has fled her home town Homs a few days ago and lives now as a refugee in Azraq. Yesterday, she started working as a volunteer for CARE. "It helps me overcome my shyness and I have the chance to support my people." (Photo: CARE/Johanna Mitscherlich)