Conveying a message of solidarity with refugees, Syrians and Jordanians ran 10 kilometers together in the Samsung Amman International Marathon today. Around 300 people joined ARDD–Legal Aid call to run as part of a campaign to promote human dignity carrying the slogan: “Refugees are our guests, their dignity is ours.”
“Syrian refugees should not continue to pay for the unfortunate events in their country,” said Rana Habahbeh, a young Jordanian at the marathon.
“It makes me happy to run next to our Jordanian hosts expressing my appreciation for their generosity,” said Aisha, a 34-year-old Syrian who fled from Hama with husband and four kids more than a year ago. “The moment I learnt about this initiative I made calls inviting Syrians and Jordanians to join the cause.”
Aisha is one of several Syrian women who were trained to become citizen journalists by “Voice” Project implemented by ARDD- Legal Aid in partnership with Oxfam. One of the objectives of “Voice” is to facilitate opportunities for refugees to voice their needs and raise concerns through different channels including social media.
“I am running today because I want Syrian refugees to feel welcomed in Jordan,” said Mahmoud Shabeeb, an ARDD staff member participating in the Run.
The campaign is part of implementing the “Voice” Project in Jordan for two years. The project highlights the right of Syrians to live a life with human dignity free from fear and want. It also advocates for the international community’s intervention to help host countries like Jordan. Moreover, the event contributes to ARDD- Legal Aid “Women’s Access to Justice” advocacy campaign, also in partnership with Oxfam.
“We are running for two important causes impacting lives in Jordan. Women’s access to justice is the most fundamental right for all women in the region and specifically in Jordan,” said ARDD-LA’s Director Samar Muhareb. “Adding to that, we need to accentuate the Syrian humanitarian crisis.”
Oxfam Jordan head of office Syma Jamil said: “Oxfam has reached out to more than 100,000 people in Jordan, including poor Jordanians through water & sanitation, and cash projects. Raising awareness, giving a voice to those is essential to ensure they lead dignified lives.”
Currently, 500,000 registered Syrian refugees live in Jordan. A quarter of whom live in Zaatari Camp in Mafraq while the rest are scattered in host communities.