“I’m 10 years old. I learn my english from tourists…some of you are rude, but you are pretty nice. I’ll give you this postcard because I like you but don’t tell anyone.”
بَدْو (Bedouin) are a seminomadic group of people. Their name means desert dwellers in Arabic.
As a result of the Syrian war, thousands of bedouins became refugees and flooded Jordan, Turkey, Lebanon and other states. It’s estimated that just over 10% of the 6.5 million people in Jordan are bedouins. UNHCR recently recorded an increase in Bedouin refugees near the end of 2013. Around 630,000 Syrians are registered with the agency in Jordan, of which an estimated 16,000 are living in informal settlements. Their homes in Syria are not safe and they’ve fled to neighboring countries — however, many of them aren’t registered refugees so they live in unofficial villages on their own.
The Syrian war rages on and civilians are desperately seeking refugee in neighboring countries. Just a few days ago (July 29th, 2015), the largest refugee camp in Jordan (Zaatari) was transformed officially from a tent camp with 81,000 exiles to an official UN declared city of Jordan. While it is “nice” that they can acclimate to the life of a people with a nation/city, it symbolizes the failure of rival world powers to negotiate an end Syria’s war.
Stay informed, remain optimistic, listen more than you speak, love people along the way.