Za’atari Refugee Camp, Jordan
In May 2015 Rumi Verjee and Simon Verjee visited the Za’atari refugee camp in Jordan on the Syrian border to gain further insight into the conditions and hardships that Syrian refugees are facing. Since its inception in July 2012 over 400,000 Syrian refugees have passed through the camp and Za’atari is now currently home to over 80,000 refugees.
Whilst touring the camp, Rumi Verjee and Simon Verjee interacted with Syrian families to hear first hand their concerns, hopes and ambitions. The families shared how they have adapted to living away from their homes and families and their views of life at Za’atari.
During the visit to Jordan, Lord Verjee met with HRH Prince Hassan bin Talal to discuss the Syrian crisis and how the West and the Muslim World especially the Middle East can open a more productive dialogue to promote understating, tolerance and peaceful coexistence.