Due to the unbearable living and weather condition inside the camps of Zaatari and Azraq, and due to the expensive house rents and lack of work opportunities in the main urban areas of Jordan, Syrian refugees are more willing to reside in Informal Tented Settlements (ITS) settled on private lands. We have spent several days and celebrated Eid with the families at the ITS 15 just outside the city centre of Amman.

We meet with the Shaweesh (community leader). He explains to us the harsh living conditions people face in the ITS.

He is not only responsible of his family. Being the leader of the community, he is in charge of giving all the children a proper education, making agreements with the landlord, finding jobs for the community and searching a new place to stay when they move.

People in this ITS have been forcibly relocated to Azraq.

A young mother who works every day in the greenhouses nearby the ITS

A children playing in an abandoned greenhouse



Drinkable water is often accessible only through humanitarian aid

Water reservoir

Dawn in the ITS at beginning of the Eid al-Adha Festival

Celebrating Eid Festival in the ITS

The rite of the Eid al-Adha includes the sacrifice of a goat, remembering the story of Abraham and the sacrifice of Isaac.

Keeping their traditions is very important for the community