The children of Zaatari

I have now been to Zaatari refugee camp for Syrians in Jordan a couple of times. While the majority of the children seem to be quite happy and playful there are some who are very much traumatized. Quite often, kids will run away when a camera is pointed at them because they think you are going to shoot them, the look of fear on their faces is so strong.

Something else quite shocking I discovered in the camp is that the supply of food is so limited that families are forced to sell the baby milk powder they are given by relief agencies just so that they can have enough money to buy bread for their families, the babies must then eat solid food but it is the only way these families can survive.

Too much fear

Never work with children or animals

But on occasion I will work with kids if they are fun and like being in front of the camera. Tayla was a lot of fun to work with but trying to get her to keep still for more than a second was asking too much. It was like trying to pin down a fresh tomato seed……….