Flüchtlingsberichte aus Syrien

Die Flucht aus Syrien wird für viele Menschen immer schwieriger. Immer wieder hört man Berichte über Syrer, die beim Versuch, über die Grenze zu kommen erschossen werden. Die Flüchtlinge, die es nach Jordanien geschafft haben, schweigen, wenn es um den Friedensplan geht. Es sind nicht so sehr Verzweiflung und Trauer als vielmehr Wut und Pessimismus, was die Stimmung unter den Flüchtlingen ausmacht. In den Save the Children Einrichtungen bekommen diese Menschen Raum, um ihre Gefühle frei auszudrücken. Save the Children Mitarbeiter Hedinn Halldorsson hat sich vor Ort mit den Betroffenen getroffen. Lest hier den ganzen Blog:

“We came here to be able to go back. When I woke up, there were soldiers in my bedroom. We had to leave my sisters wheelchair behind when we escaped. How am I supposed to pay my rent and put food on the table for my children? I used to go to school but I don’t do that anymore.” These are the voices that echo in my head. I’ve been at the Syrian border for two days now and all the Syrians tell the same story; of hardship and suffering.

I have met women and children that escaped the violence in their home country. Some have been here for months, others just arrived. People that ran for their lives and left everything behind. In one of Save the Children’s Child Friendly Spaces, we get the chance to meet with a group of women. Nearly all of them have lost relatives in past months. Families have been separated and in many cases, they don’t know about the whereabouts of their loved ones. – And these are the lucky ones because they got out. At the Save the Children centres, the Syrian people can express their feelings freely, get support and possibly some news from across the border.

The general feeling I sense is anger. Not so much desperation or sorrow; just anger. And I also sense pessimism. No one talks of the peace plan. Qassim, 6 years old, from Dara’a, the Syrian town just across the border, tells me about his escape; that he was inside his house when it was burnt down eight days ago, and was later bulldozed. No child should ever have to endure what Qassim has. He is now in safety in the Jordanian border town of Ramtha, with his mother and seven siblings.

It is getting tougher to get out of Syria. We keep hearing reports that Syrians have been shot at, while trying to cross the border. And some areas have been mined. That is why one of Save the Children‘s activities is mine risk education and distribution of flyers on the Syrian side of the border, with information on mines and unexploed ordnances. At the same time, the number of those crossing illegally to Jordan, is rising drastically. Women and children are also the majority of those that have fled, or manage to flee. The men stay behind in Syria. For them, it is nearly impossible to get out.

All in all, it is believed that around 100.000 Syrians that fled their homes are now staying in Jordan, due to the crisis. An even higher number is internally displaced in Syria. Most of the Syrians in Jordan are staying in and around the two Northern towns of Ramtha and Mafraq, just south of the border.

Mafraq is also the town where Save the Children is preparing to store prepositioned stocks. That means that when access into Syria will be granted, be it in a week or in one year, Save the Children will be ready with first aid kits, blankets, hygiene kits, water purifying tablets and material for running a health clinic.

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