Crisis in Syria
Millions of people have fled
According to the United Nations, the two year-long conflict has forced more than one million children to flee Syria as refugees. Two million in total And the violence has claimed more than 100,000 lives - mostly civilian.
An ARC team is on the ground in Jordan, building a program to help Syrian refugees. We've talked with hundreds of Syrians - in camps and in urban locations - to understand what kind of help they need. The team has also been working closely with partner agency QuestScope to see how we can work together to get desperately needed help to people who've fled. The tales they tell are heartbreaking.
"It is hard here everyday, but you learn to live." - A father of three in Za'atari refugee camp in Jordan. He shared the abuse and torture he had to endure before he finally got out of Syria.
"Children who were once lovely now use violence, this is how they express their feelings." - A Jordanian social worker who is helping Syrians work through their trauma.
"Instead of playing football they are forced onto the streets where there is nothing positive for them to do. We wonder why these children are unable to recover, it's because we are not allowing them to be children." - the head of a community oranization in Jordan
The team has been based primarily in Jordan…but we are exploring opportunities in other parts of the region as well. Our efforts for Syrian refugees have all been in close coordination with Jordan-based Questscope.
ARC’s plans: ARC is currently supporting QuestScope's efforts providing informal education and mentorship opportunities ofr at-risk kids in Za'atari Camp. And ARC and QuestScope are working together to build programs that provide shelter, water and sanitation, violence prevention, and protection services to people who have fled their homes.