Refugees Empowered Through Accountability in the Zaatari Camp
As the Syrian crisis intensified, thousands of refugees fled to the Zaatari Camp near Marfaq, Jordan.
The Zaatari camp is home to over 75,000 Syrians who fled the ongoing conflict. Over half are children and adolescents. Uprooted from their once stable lives, many of them are now living in informal settlements and face an increased risk of crime and exploitation.
Women, and children in particular are frequently threatened by sexual exploitation due to misuse of power and authority by officials and community members. Furthermore, fear of retribution for themselves and loved ones keeps them from holding officials accountable.
As humanitarians, our goal is to empower people with tools they need to create a safer community. Through demonstrating leadership in accountability, building trust, listening to community concerns, and acting upon them, humanitarian workers can create a safe environment where community members feel a sense of agency.