The governorate of Irbid has the highest population density in the country.
Ar Ramtha is the second largest city of the area and the closest to the Syrian border crossing with Daraa.
According to UNHCR 135.132 persons of concern are located in the area. When the conflict intensifies, shelling can be heard from here, affecting families who struggle to cope with its psychological impact.

We are going to meet with a family of Syrian refugees living in this house in the suburbs of Irbid.

Their living conditions are much worst compared to when they lived in Syria.

The man, here with is granddaughter, is 64 years old. His son is handicapped and his wife is hearth sick. He cannot afford to pay for all the medicines they need.

A playground in Irbid. Since the beginning of the war, hearing the constant sound of bombing exploding beyond the nearby border with Syria has become common for people living in this area.

Visiting another house, we listen to the story of a man who tells us how his family lost every document when they left from Syria and his fear of being caught by the authorities.


A checkpoint at the border between Syria and Jordan. Until the beginning of the war many people used to cross the border every day to work in both countries, especially Syrians employed as seasonal workers in the agricultural sector.

Driving in the countryside close to the border. Many Syrian refugees pay their rental working in the fields.

This man suffers from vitiligo, a skin disease that prevents him from working under the sun.

He lives with his family, in the constant fear of having to move to another place.

A field visit with INTERSOS’ operators. Thank to the project funded by DG ECHO, refugees are supported in accessing to documentation and registration and, in the most vulnerable cases, with recurrent cash assistance.

Back in the outskirts of Irbid, we meet with two women.

They don’t want to show their face. They tell us how they are afraid of having to go to Zaatari Camp.


Many people live in fear of being stopped by the police and forcibly relocated to an official camp.

Another ITS close to Irbid. We came here because they have told us we are going to discover the story of a special woman.

Overcoming the resistance of the community, she was able to become a teacher.

Her father supported her decision.

Her mother is proud of her.

Working in the agricultural sector is very common for women living in the ITS, even if they are very young.

We move to another ITS, where we meet a couple that has been separated for a long time. She had to gave birth to their child without her husband aside.

He lives in fear of being caught without regular documents. She lives in fear of being left without him.

“We say: “If you don’t knock on people’s doors, no one will knock on your door”