Express Inherited Syria

By : Muhammad Alhoraki

Relief International (RI) organized an art exhibition for a group of Syrian artists in Za’atari Camp. This idea came from the Case Manager of RI, Anas Al-hasan.

Alhassan commented about the exhibition, “The origin of such an idea came from the Syr-ian cultural heritage, since Syria has a rich ancient history.” He also pointed out that the paint-ings in the exhibition stimulate people’s artistic interests. What people feel about artis complete-ly different from their sufferings from the war.

He added, “After getting ap-proval from the Field Coordina-tor Ala’a Alqaisy to organize this exhibition, we supported the art-ists by providing papers, paints, brushes, and liners. 11 artists participated in this project and the time limit for delivering their works was 15 days. After that, we arranged a large hall to display the paintings and sent invitations to other organizations in the camp. Of course many refugees were invited too. The exhibition was open to everyone.”

Ramez Alassaf exhibited 3 paintings. The first one por-trayed the old Damascus quarter which was famous for archaeo-logical heritage. The second one showed Khaled bin Alwaleed mosque located in the center of Homs. ItScreenshot 2016-07-22 17.44.12s name is taken from the Khaled bin Alwaleed shrine. The third one illustrates the Deir Zzour suspension bridge which crosses the Euphrates River. It’s a symbol of the city’s heritage.

He said when he visited the exhibition and found three of his paintings, he felt extremely proud of his achievements.

How Eid reminds us of our home

By: Ahmad Shabannah

During Lesser Bairam, Syrian refugees who still live in the camp hope to return to their homeland to practice their religious rituals and social conventions. For each Eid that passes by they always hope to be relieved.

Abu Samer says that in both Eids, Lesser Bairam and Greater Bairam, he wishes for his problems to be solved and wishes to return to his home in order to spend the blessed days and all the religious occasions with his relatives. Um Loa’ay has been eagerly waiting to return to Syria to spend the Eid holidays in her village in Dara’a, where Eid’s atmosphere was beautiful and she felt true happiness. Though she practices the religious conventions and social traditions of Eid in Za’atari Camp, she pointed out that the joy differs from the one she felt in Syria. Three Eids have passed while Abu Eissa lived in the Za’atari desert. He strongly desires to return to Syria and expressed how Eid is returning to us in a place where he has no other means of communication but a mobile phone to keep in touch with his homeless friends in Jordan, Turkey, Iraq and many other countries all over the world.

Abu Ali is concerned that he will not be able to fully enjoy Eid away from Syria, where he used to meet many of his loved ones after the Eid prayer to drink traditional Arabic coffee and have Eid sweets such as pancakes filled with dates.

Abu Maher also hopes in these blessed days that children and adults are able to think about Syria with joy and remember the beautiful and amazing days before they came here. Um A’ahed, who spent many Eids in the camp, says that during every Eid she looks around but she could not find anyone whom she likes, so she strongly hopes that she can go back to her homeland soon to meet those she loves again.


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Za’atari Theatre Company “Mark of Hope”

The 7th episode of “IN TRANSIT,” Syrian Video Project in Za’atari refugee camp.

One of the most famous guy in Za’atari refugee camp is Mr. Hamzeh Hussein, 22 years old. Even though he has impairments with his legs and it is not easy to walk around the bumpy ground of Za’atari, he is often going out and join various events and activities. This is a story about Hamzeh and the theatre company he is engaging now.

Special Thanks to FPSC Fundacion Promocion Social de la Cultura
Director: Fareeda al Nseerat
Facilitating Director: Yuki Saito

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(4 min. 50 sec.)

6 Rules of Ramadan Fasting You May not Know

During Ramadan, Muslims retain from eating, drinking, and smoking from the dawn to the dusk. Fasting is one of the most important custom for Muslims, though many people do know the detail of the fast. So, Mohammed Shawamreh, a director from IIN TRANSIT decided to visit an Imaam to ask questions about the fast.

Director: Mohammed Shwamreh
Facilitating Director: Yuki Saito

Music: Hirokazu Akiyama
Coordinator: Fares Qaraqeesh (Jordan) 
Translator: Mohammad Basim Naji(Jordan), Arisa Nishida