Life Stories: SHAMS

Shams (53) is originally from a town called Sbeneh in Damascus she and her family travelled to Quamishli when the war in Syria began in 2012.

She has 2 sons, 1 daughter and 10 grandchildren. Shams travelled to KR-Iraq with her children and grandchildren 10 months ago in August 2013 to seek refuge at Dara Shakran Camp in Iraq. She explains how the war had affected the family when living in Damascus, “The planes would drop bombs, there would be tanks everywhere and weapons all over the place, it was really unsafe, we had to move to Qamishli which was at the time a safer part of Syria”.

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She explained that when the border between Iraq and Syria had been lifted they decided to leave Syria for good, and made their final move from Qamishli to KR-Iraq, Erbil via walking across the river despite the harsh and difficult conditions. 

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Supporting disabled refugees in camps


Mohammed Yousef (23) moved to Dara Shakran camp near Ankawa, KR-Iraq, with his parents and his elder brother about 8 months ago in October 2013. He was a student at high school when living in Syria, but has since been out of school as the camp does not have a high school. He has been working with an international organisation ACTED (Agency for Technical Co-operation and Development) since they moved to the camp. Mohammed has been adapting to life at the refugee camp and he tells us of the difficulties those with disabilities and special needs face when trying to adapt to camp life.


Mohammed said, ‘It is important to help prioritise vulnerable persons with disabilities so as to enable them to access assistance and services but also to optimise their functional independence too, without reducing the protection risks.”  There is a gap for expertise teams at the camp, who could help identify the needs of the people with disabilities, in order to help ensure them access to relief services and assistance for them. 

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Refugee Entrepreneurs

Jihad Souleyman, arrived at Dara Shakran Camp 3 months ago, he opened a bakery shop in one of the shop units at the camp a month ago.

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Jihad had no money when he arrived in KR-Iraq with his family, his brother who continues to live in Syria and works at a building site helped Jihad financially to build a similar oven to what he had left behind in Syria. 

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Art Therapy at Dara Shakran Camp

Adnan Naif Hubu, has been working with children at the Dara Shakran Camp delivering art therapy sessions to give children the opportunity to work through their visual memories and help them express any trauma. Adnan became disabled during the conflict, which led to his families’ flight to KR-Iraq. UNHCR recommended Adnan to engage and facilitate an arts programme with children aged 7-16 years in the camp.

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UNHCR commissioned Adnan and the 60 children from Dara Shakran camp to produce artwork  exhibition to showcase during the World Refugee Day celebrations in Erbil square on 20th June 2014. 

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Children's rights in Syria are being violated every day

Children's rights in Syria are being violated every day! They are losing their childhoods, their dreams and their right to an education. Help us to Restore Peace to Syria's Children Through Play...

9.3 million people in Syria are in need of humanitarian assistance, and more than 2.8 million people have fled to the neighbouring countries. 6.5 million Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in Syria.

5.5 million Syrian children have been affected by a brutal, four-year conflict. 2.8 million children are no longer in school and more than 1 million are living as refugees in neighbouring countries. For these children, what's at stake isn't politics. It's their future. Four years away from the their homes, schools and communities means their chance at building a future may soon be lost.

Children are the first victims during war. Children are especially vulnerable to abuse, exploitation and trafficking during emergencies and armed conflicts.

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Painting the towns in North Jordan with Syrian and Jordanian youth. Peace in the Middle East!

AptART aims to empower marginalized children through art to express themselves as well as build awareness and promote prevention of issues affecting their lives. AptART works with refugees both inside Syria as well as those who have fled across borders. In Jordan’s Za’atari Refugee camp aptART partners with ACTED, working with the over 120,000 people who now call this camp home. Zaatari is now the second largest refugee camp in the world as more people arrive daily.

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Syrian refugee children perform Shakespeare

Shakespeare's tragedies Hamlet and King Lear have endured through the ages, thanks to the playwright's ability to express the complexities of the human condition. Now, a performance of excerpts from the two tragedies by Syrian refugee children is drawing attention to their situation.

For the children whose families have fled the Syrian civil war for refugee camps in Jordan, they know only too well that "When sorrows come, they come not single spies but in battalions!"

Now they have the chance to perform these timeless phrases from Hamlet during a dual performance of 'Hamlet' and 'King Lear' in the Jordanian capital Amman. Here, the setting of the city's Roman Amphitheatre adds a sense of occasion to the performance.

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