British newspaper the Daily Mail published a moving interview this past Sunday with Downton Abbey star Michelle Dockery speaking about the Syria refugee crisis. Dockery, who plays Lady Mary on the hugely popular PBS Masterpiece show, spent time in Jordan recently visiting with Syrian refugees.
Dockery was understandably overwhelmed by the sight of thousands of innocent children and stories of despair from Syrian families. Through the eyes of Um Hani, a 37-year-old mother of eight, Dockery recounts her experience to the Mail:
On my second day in Jordan, I visited refugees living in ‘host communities’ on the outskirts of Amman. Many people here had initially been in Zaatari but then moved out to rented accommodation in Amman. But renting is costly – too costly – and the living conditions are shocking. … Um Hani said she feared for her children’s health and wellbeing in the coming winter as they had no access to medical care. Her sister-in-law, whose foot was blown off when her house in Syria was bombed, also lives with her. She wanted to show me her leg. It was shocking – covered in bedsores and the amputation was badly inflamed. She has to be carried from room to room and she can’t sleep because of the pain.
In the afternoon, I visited the ‘informal settlements’ – shanty town-style tents – in nearby Jawa. Here, refugees have set up makeshift camps in a barren area that can only be described as an abandoned building site. There were children everywhere … Read the rest of this entry »