The MENA during COVID19 times - Jordan
Date(s) - 07/06/2020
10:00 am - 11:00 am
The Greater Middle East Platform
During these exceptional times, it can be difficult to stay on top of developments in fragile countries in the MENA region, while it remains crucial to be well informed and to plan for sustainable and necessary interventions. With this in mind, the Greater Middle East Platform -an expert network from the Netherlands with excellent connections to the region- organizes a micro course on the specific situation in various countries during the pandemic.
With refugees of 57 different nationalities (the majority being Syrian, followed by Iraqi, Yemeni and Sudanese) Jordan relies heavily on international support to both aid refugees and keep its economy afloat. But the rapid rollout of strict containment measures, with the strictest lockdown in the region, has disrupted aid activities, threatened livelihoods and failed to take into account the needs of both refugees and vulnerable Jordanians. With the effects of the lockdown being felt by a wide swathe of Jordanian society, refugees are at risk of falling through the cracks.
About the speaker
Karam Hayef is an education expert with over 19 years of experience in the field of education, trauma- informed and resilience care, coaching, capacity building and professional development. She is the Director of Youth Education Programs at Collateral Repair Project (CRP). CRP is a grass-root organization that supports refugees from Syria, Iraq, Yemen, Sudan, Somalia who were forced to flee their countries and come to Jordan. Since the COVID-19 strict lock-down, CRP was one of the first and few organisations in Jordan that had access to refugees’ community.