The worse news

تم نشره في Sun 6 April / Apr 2014. 07:24 PM - آخر تعديل في Sun 6 April / Apr 2014. 07:24 PM

By Muhammad Aburumman

What happened on Saturday, when a Syrian was killed and dozens of them and gendarmerie were injured — during riots in the Zaatari camp, is very sad; but, it has become, unfortunately, expected, in light of the current grave circumstances.

Since its opening , the Zaatari camp has become a "headache", and bad news did not stop coming from there during the past two years; we heard about the floods that swept the tents, the poor health conditions of the refugees, the lawlessness and chaos within it, the emergence of gangs throughout the camp, and the smuggling of humans and goods — let alone stories about child marriages, slave trade, murders, crimes, and the clashes with the security forces.

In the meantime, the image of fraternal ties between the two peoples, and the highlights of respect and sympathy and humanity was transformed in the media so that the negative traits are now in focus. All of this is reflected on the image of Jordan, which does not do justice to the kingdom, whether at the official or popular levels.

The irony is Syrian regime’s media coverage of the events; they are talking about the suffering of the Syrian refugees in the Zaatari, and the “attacks of the Jordan security” on the Syrian brothers.

During the past years, everyone hoped that it is a makeshift camp, a transient visit, and the refugees will return to their homeland, after the ordeal and the pain disappear. However, it is obvious from the current indicators that home is gone, but the pain, suffering, and brutal and bloody regime tactics remain — leaving Syrian citizens with no option but to leave, and meaning the story of our Syrian brothers and sisters will be extended.

The worse news do not stop with the limits of the current problem; but there are real prospects for the problem to increase under the initiative of the Syrian army, with the forces of Hezbollah and al-Quds militia, to try to invest in the international turbulence and cleanse Damascus suburbs and the rest of the neighborhoods of Homs. Less bluntly: They are building the new demographic for "mini-states minorities" that will extend all the way to the coastline — leading to more displacement!

Now, there is an urgent need to build new perceptions; both in the Zaatari camp (which represents a small number of the Syrian refugees in Jordan), and outside of it, and establish a legal framework for administrative and security activities to deal with this fundamental challenge.

We need to deal with it and its political, humanitarian, economic, and community aspects, before we find ourselves dealing with the larger repercussions, and de facto reality were we do not have options.

Such plans require the involvement of Syrian civil society activist, the United Nations, and elected representatives of the refugees themselves, before the Syrians refugees and the "Zaatari" become an internal crisis for Jordan, and the kingdom falls in serious problems with human rights organizations and with its friends!



This article is an edited translation from the Arabic edition.