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Taking over Twitter from Zaatari Refugee Camp

Posted by Suzanne Rodrigues Editorial Assistant in Oxfam's Digital Communications Team

13th Mar 2013

On 1 February, 25-year-old Hasan Hariri took over Oxfam's Twitter page to give us an insight into a day in the life of a Syrian refugee living in Zaatari camp in Jordan.  On Thursday, there will be another Twitter takeover.  This time, several people - each with their own stories and experiences - will be telling us about their day.  Here we introduce you to five of them, Hanan, Zakaria, Ohoud, Abu Diya - and of course, Hasan. You'll also be hearing from Oxfam staff, including Farah Al-Basha, who are working in the camp. 


On the morning of the last Twitter takeover, Hasan became a father for the second time when his wife gave birth to a baby girl called Leen. His wife and Leen recovered well and he tells us, "Leen now is getting beautiful." Since the Twitter takeover in February, the camp has become busier and Hasan is concerned about the problems this might cause. 


Abu Diya is Hasan's father.  He is 53 and, in Syria, he worked on a Pullman public bus, going from Syria to Kuwait and Saudi Arabia. Abu always has good ideas and solutions for issues that people are facing in the camp - but he is still fearful of the future, "I am most afraid of what is coming ahead…I am afraid we will go through a harder time that we are facing now."

But he can see some positives.  When we asked if there was anything else he wanted to share with us, he said "people have gotten closer to each other. Even people from other villages than mine; we met in the same place and we have the same fate.  I hope when we go back to Syria to build our country together, we remember our stay here and cooperate with each other."


Hanan didn't want to leave her home in Dara'a, Syria. Even when her mother and sister left, she did not want to give into the situation.  She stayed, holding onto her job as a geography teacher, until electricity and fuel shortages left her with little choice.  "At least here there is electricity and food for us to eat."

Hanan is 29 and has now been living in Zaatari camp for a month.  She lives with her mother, six sisters and brother - her father and one of her brothers have stayed in Syria.

In the six years Hanan worked as a teacher in Dara'a, she became independent. Her family relied on her bringing money into the household. Now, she is struggling to find any work. New schools are being built but she will have to wait at least another month to try and get a job.

Zakaria and Ohoud

Zakaria and Ohoud are cousins.  They're both 6 years old and have been living in Zaatari camp for five months.  Oxfam works in their part of the camp they're now in, building WASH (water, sanitation and hygiene promotion) facilities. Zakaria and Ohoud wait for the Oxfam staff every morning at 10am and accompany them around the site.

When asked if there was anything they wanted to tell us, their answer was simple, "we want to go back to Syria." 

On Thursday 14 March, follow the Twitter takeover from Zaatari Camp

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Blog post written by Suzanne Rodrigues

Editorial Assistant in Oxfam's Digital Communications Team

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