From Dera'a 

M - I used to work in my father’s car shop, but he died eight months before the revolution started. So I went to work with my brother.  

E – I worked with surveillance cameras and alarm systems, so Mo'ayad came to work with me. We worked together for about eight months, but then the area became too dangerous because of the fighting.  

M- When the revolution began, there was no ability to work. 

E – I then opened a small shop in our neighborhood selling biscuits and potatoes and ice cream and juice.  

M – We finally left Syria in early 2013 because there is mandatory military service, which meant that my brother and I would have to serve in the regime’s army. We wouldn’t do that, and because of this, we would be sentenced to death if we stayed in Syria. Also, women and children were being raped and I have two younger sisters and two younger brothers, so we had to leave. 

E – We had many relatives killed in Syria. A government sniper killed one cousin while he was in the town square and a sniper killed another as she was standing outside of her house. Another cousin was kidnapped and then killed at a military checkpoint and another was killed after defecting from the Syrian army. 

When we fled we took only what we were wearing and one change of clothes. The FSA took us to the border and then the Jordanian army brought us in and registered our names and took us to the Zaatari camp. 

M – I only stayed in the camp for a week before I left illegally. I am a man and I couldn’t take being in there. Can you imagine what it is like for families living there? 


I was in a really bad way when I first came out, but then, thank Allah, I found work in a stone quarry. They bring us a massive stone and we break it into three smaller pieces. But recently, one of the pieces fell on my leg so I can’t work. 

E – And I am working as a carpenter, making household items from wood. 

M - This is a strange country and every day is the same, there is nothing new.  

E - We hope that things will calm down and go home. We don't want to live in Jordan. There's nothing like home. 

M – All we do is work to make money for our family. On Thursday we get our salary and go to the store and get what we need, that is it. We try and spend time with our family, but are living in a house in the countryside, which is far away. 

E - I hope that Bashar Al-Assad will fall, and that we will go home. Go back to how we used to be.