A chilly reception in Jordan: Syrian Refugee Project part 3

Wow!!! Our favourite Artist and friend Joel Bergner is creating amazing art with the Syrian Refugees

Joel Artista

Syrian and Jordanian youth participants Syrian and Jordanian youth participants

Upon arriving in Jordan, I was anxious to get started on my third series of projects with Syrian refugees in the past year and a half. But the weather had other plans for me; the night of my arrival, the region was engulfed in a rare snowstorm and I spent days waiting for the country to thaw. While it seemed impossible for me to escape the cold—buildings in Jordan are generally made of cinder blocks that have no insulation and no heating beyond space heaters that don’t seem to fill a room, making it so cold that I could see my breath in my bedroom—I couldn’t help but think of the millions of people displaced by conflict around the Middle East, living in refugee camps and temporary settlements that I imagine are colder and much more desperate than regular housing in the capital.

Child participating in the mural project. Photo by Samantha Robison. Child participating…

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