Mafraq is the second largest governorate of Jordan where Zaatari camp is located. First opened on July 28, 2012 to host Syrians fleeing the violence in the ongoing war, Zaatari has grown exponentially ever since. According to UNHCR 79,937 Syrian refugees are currently registered in the camp. The majority of refugees are from Da'ara, Syria.
Mafraq is connected to Syria through the Nasib border crossing: most of the families we have met has entered legally through the border and left the premises of Zaatari to live in hosting communities.

A road nearby Zaatari Camp, the largest refugee camp in Jordan

We visit a small ITS. The area is almost desertic, but the ITS is located in a peachery. Only three families live here.

We meet with a young woman whose husband has been forcibly relocated to Azraq Camp.

Their daughter

Fearing to be deported to Syria he has left the camp without his documents.

Their family.

In the next ITS we visit, a man explains to us how he was able to get valid documents with the help of INTERSOS.

His family. Not only he has to support them but he also sends money back to Syria to help relatives who are still living there.

After his wife gave birth to their last child, they lost their documents. The process to get new documents was long and expensive.

His two children.


Azraq Camp. The camp is less than 2 hours away from Mafraq.

A woman living in Mafraq tells us how her son was deported to Azraq and then to Syria.

“My husband went out barefoot looking for him”

In another ITS close to Mafraq we meet a man who lost his father and his nephew when a fire broke out in the tent.

His mother had a heart attack and died few days later at the hospital.

They lost everything. The baby is sleeping in a suitcase.

Child labour is common in the ITS. Extreme poverty, lack of documents and nomadism prevents children from going to school.

A woman and his son: he has a psychological disorder caused by the trauma he experienced during the war: he hasn't been working for four years

They moved from Amman to Mafraq because here life is more affordable.