A candid street shot from the Palestinian refugee camp at Madaba, Jordan. The painted walls and gate in the background belong to an elementary school. Madaba Camp was established in 1956 and harbours about 5,000 Palestinian refugees. Tents have since long been replaced by houses, effectively turning the camp into a small village, and whole generations of Palestinians have grown up here.
Za’atari camp for Syrian refugees in northern Jordan, one of the biggest refugee camps in the world. With over a 100.000 refugees from troubled Syria, it’s busy, but at certain corners and under a certain kind of light, it looks like the edge of the world.
Abu Faiek (84) fled Palestine when he was 18 years old and has been living in Madaba Refugee Camp, Jordan, since 1948. He’s a well-respected man in the neighborhood and owns a small shop, which he runs from his comfortable leather armchair.
Jordan harbours over 2 million registered Palestinian refugees. Most of them have full citizenship. About 20% of them live in one of the ten recognized Palestinian refugee camps throughout the country.
As mentioned earlier, last week the Netherlands Refugee Foundation awarded two Syrian doctors with the Van Heuven Goedhart-Penning 2014 for their work with Syrian refugees in Jordan. I was happy to see doctor Mahmoud again, but unfortunately doctor Mohammad couldn’t attend the ceremony in Den Haag, because he wasn’t allowed to leave Jordan.
In this image, doctor Mohammad is examining a Syrian refugee, who was a victim of torture in his home country. Both Mohammad and Mahmoud are recording war crimes and collecting evidence, in the hope the guilty will be brought to trial once the war is over.
1/250s, f/4, ISO 1600.
Visit the website of the Netherlands Refugee Foundation (Stichting Vluchteling):
World Refugee Day 2014. A record number of people - over fifty million - is on the run worldwide.
I shot this image for the Netherlands Refugee Foundation (Stichting Vluchteling) last month in Jordan. A Syrian girl, who lost her leg during a rocket attack in her hometown, is waiting to be examined in a small clinic in Amman. Dr. Mahmoud, a refugee himself, is trying to comfort her. She will receive an artificial leg soon.
Today in The Hague, Dr. Mahmoud and his Syrian colleague Dr. Mohammad will be awarded the Van Heuven Goedhart-penning 2014 for their amazing work in Jordan.
1/160s, f/4, ISO 4000.
If you like to support the work of Dr. Mahmoud and Dr. Mohammad, and refugees like the little girl in the image, please visit the website of the Netherlands Refugee Foundation:
Mariam is nine years old. She’s blind and has aphasia, which prevents her from speaking and understanding language. She does love to sing without words and she’s good at it. She also loves to dance and jump and spin around. During weekdays, she lives at the deaf-blind department of the Holy Land Institute for the Deaf in Salt, Jordan.
Rahmeh is ten years old, both deaf and blind, and has been living at the Holy Land Institute for the Deaf in Jordan since 2009. She is able to walk, but a little support is welcome. She’s learning how to eat by herself and is already able to hold a spoon with food and a plastic mug with milk. While Rahmeh still has a long way to go when it comes to learning most basic skills, she is definitely progressing, thanks to her patient teachers.
During the time she is awake, Rahmeh makes funny clicking sounds with her tongue and cheeks and she usually sits with her hands pressed against her ears. Those two things seem to reassure her. She also likes to hug and rub the faces of people who are holding her.