Two brothers faced each other in wheelchairs. Only by sheer accident of fate did these two Syrian refugees find themselves reunited in a small center in central Amman. Every refugee there had a story, each one enough to scar for a lifetime.
Many at the center had been injured by barrel bombs. One man had lost a third of his brain as a result of a sniper’s bullet, with a grapefruit sized hole in the side of his head. A chemistry teacher had lost one eye and could not even remember how he arrived in Jordan. Ibrahim was eleven having lost his mother and sisters to a barrel bomb. Now he excitedly connects to the world on his mobile by Facebook. It seems to calm him that he can talk to the outside world and so forget his own. Cyberlinks aside, the question remains whether the real world is communicating, listening and still cares. Is the outside world about to abandon them and in the process abandon Jordan too?
Jordan’s international obligations are to keep its borders open but can it bear the entire burden?Chris Doyle