David Morrissey in Jordan

Actor and UNHCR High Profile Supporter David Morrissey travelled to Jordan to meet some of the Syrian families displaced by the ongoing conflict and to see how UNHCR is helping

David Morrissey at Za'atari Camp  © UNHCR/ K. Lathigra

David started his visit to Za’atari Camp with a briefing from UNHCR’s camp manager Kilian Kleinschmidt.

Jordan, May 2014.  © UNHCR/K. Lathigra

David spoke with Mohammad in his prefabricated shelter, where he lives with his wife, six children and their new baby of 14 days. The family having been living in Za’atari for the last 18 months after fleeing Syria.

Jordan, May 2014.  © UNHCR/K. Lathigra

David met Mohammad, a Syrian refugee and former professional footballer, who coaches the kids in Za’atari Camp. Currently 55 per cent of people in the camps are children under the age of 18.

Jordan, May 2014.  © UNHCR/K. Lathigra

Time for a kickabout! David limbers up with Syrian kids before kick-off. There are now 55,000 kids in the camps and only 11,000 go to school – it’s vital that kids have activities to engage in to keep them safe and out of trouble.

Za'atri Camp's Avenue des Champs Elysees, May 2014.  © UNHCR/K. Lathigra

David bought bread from a bakery on Za’atari’s Avenue Avenue des Champs-Élysées – the bustling main road that runs through the heart of the camp.

Jordan, May 2014.  © UNHCR/K. Lathigra

UNHCR’s Representative in Jordan, Andrew Harper, gave an overview of the Syrian refugee crisis. Over nine million Syrians are displaced within or outside Syria and 600,000 are in Jordan.

Jordan, May 2014.  © UNHCR/K. Lathigra

David spoke with Abu-Ibrahim, a Syrian refugee and former businessman who has been in the camp for the last 18 months with his wife and five children. The family were forced to flee their village after they were detained and tortured. Their village was destroyed and they left alongside 50 relatives, neighbours and friends to flee to safety in Jordan.

David then met Syrian families living outside the camps in urban dwellings.

Jordan, May 2014.  © UNHCR/K. Lathigra

He started the day talking with Syrians queueing up at the UNHCR registration offices in Amman.

Jordan, May 2014.  © UNHCR/K. Lathigra

There are nearly 600,000 registered Syrian refugees in Jordan, with 400 new arrivals crossing the border every day.

Jordan, May 2014.  © UNHCR/K. Lathigra

He met this young boy and his family as they queued to be registered at the UNHCR registration offices.

Jordan, May 2014.  © UNHCR/K. Lathigra

David met Samir and his family from the city of Homs, Syria. They were forced to flee eighteen months ago and have since been living in a basement cellar, relying on cash hand-outs from UNHCR for food and shelter.

Jordan, May 2014.  © UNHCR/K. Lathigra

Later, David met Mohammad and his family in the town of Azraq. Mohammad told David, “My kids cannot sleep at night – they have seen terrible things and are very traumatised.”

Jordan, May 2014.  © UNHCR/K. Lathigra

A tender moment as David plays with Mohammad’s son, Ali.

Jordan, May 2014.  © UNHCR/K. Lathigra

David met Rahad and her three daughters. The eldest, Alla, dreams of becoming an interior decorator and returning to Syria to help rebuild the country.