The Lovely People of Amman


Something about Jordan that many people don't know is that it is a country that hosts the second-largest community of refugees in the world, after Turkey. Jordan is surrounded by countries that have often been in conflict such as Palestine, Iraq, and Syria, which means many people from those countries flee their homes to settle in Jordan. A refugee is a person who has been forced to leave their country in order to escape war, persecution, or natural disaster. There are many communities made up of refugees in Jordan from all over the world. I got to meet many Syrian, Palestinian, and Sudanese refugees! My own teacher is a Syrian refugee.

What community need did I learn about?:

In Amman, there are several communities of Palestinian and Syrian refugees which I got the chance to explore. Most Palestinian refugees have been in Jordan for decades since the occupation of their country and the Six-Day War in the 1960s forced them to flee. Many Syrian refugees are from a recent wave that began in 2011 due to the Syrian Civil War. Despite Jordan being a small country, it hosts many refugees, which puts a strain on its resources. Because of this reason, many refugees don't have access to jobs or opportunities. I witnessed this during my time in Amman, Jordan.