Ibrahim has been living in Amman for two years since he first took on the incredibly difficult journey from Alghoutah to Jordan. At 12 years old, he had to brave the hot and hostile stretch of desert with his father before they finally reached the Za’taari refugee camp in 2014. His leg had been seriously wounded after an arbitrary detonation that caused shrapnel to shred his skin and the delicate lacework of nerves in this part of his body. The journey to Jordan caused further damage and inflammation to the wounds in Ibrahim’s leg, and doctors posited that he would never regain the use of this limb. The period of time spent crossing and in the camp was the most difficult for him to go through, but he proudly frames this as an obstacle he has overcome. The difficulty and uncertainty structuring that environment was relieved by their departure from the camp and Ibrahim’s introduction the center. The peals of laughter that periodically ring through the three-story estate emanate from the room he shares with two other boys. Being in the center has allowed him to meet other young refugees facing similar circumstances, and together these young boys are rooting themselves firmly in Jordan alongside and through one another.
Ibrahaim is optimistic and excited for his future, one which he aspires to be structured by the continued pursuit of education. His genuine zeal for learning heralds a continued path towards altruistic excellence. He wanted to use his interview to impart a message of gratitude towards the center for “giving him his life back.” His sense of gratitude for his good fortune seems to sharpen his sense of urgency that other Syrians have the opportunity to reclaim their lives as well. His plea that everyone pay attention to what is happening in Syria and extend assistance to those that are still struggling under the frenzied collapse of his homeland is equal parts heartfelt and heartbreaking. Since the time of his interview, he and his father were resettled in Canada, allowing him the stability and freedom to make these dreams a reality.
We have so much fun here. Whenever there is school we go to school. We have a teacher that we learn a lot from and she helps us with our homework. And after that we play together and we have so much fun.
I’d like to thank the center for helping me to get my life back and to have the chance to tell the world what is happening in Syria, and of course everyone knows what is happening now. And I hope that they can have something to offer to help Syrians.
Ismael has been living at Souriyat center for 9 months. He was injured from a bomb blast and was brought to Jordan because of the nerve that was shredded in his leg by mercilessly blind work of shrapnel and flying shards of glass. When he first came to the center, he was unable to move for two months and couldn’t walk or play with the other boys. He was brought to the center and started undergoing physical therapy to regain his ability to walk. He speaks about his hardship with a maturity beyond his years, one that reflects the accelerated aging that is often a legacy of confronting a crisis in childhood. For Ismael and the other children in the center, adjusting to life in Jordan necessitates adapting to a foreign country and a foreign body. In relearning the mechanics of their bodies and working tirelessly to push their corporeal capacities further and further. He has largely regained his ability to walk and is happy to have
It was God’s will and it’s okay with me. I’m coping with it. I have everything I need. Praise be to God.
My hope is that Syria is liberated in the future so that we can go back and rebuild it.