“We are farmers by nature, we cannot live in desert. What would we do in a refugee camp? We do not want to be dependent on handouts or become a burden for anyone. We want to work and earn our living.”
Ola Al Hassan, 13, lives with her family in a tented settlement in the Jordan Valley. She has four siblings.
After passing through Za’atari refugee camp in Jordan, which they found to be very crowded, Ola’s family went to live among the community in Mafraq, not too far from Za’atari. She and her family worked as labourers on the farms in Mafraq.
When winter came and there wasn’t enough work for them, they decided to move to the Jordan Valley. Ola’s father Al Hassan said, “Everyone used to go to school. There is no school here. Our children are losing out on their lives. I do not want my children to be ignorant.”