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A Syrian Refugee, Making the Most of Motherhood

In Jordan's Za'atari Refugee Camp, a Syrian mother is raising strong, healthy children, with support from UNICEF. 

Fatima was six-and-a-half-months pregnant when she and her husband fled Syria with three children under the age of 5 for Jordan’s Za’atari refugee camp. 

“We walked the last few miles to the border," says Fatima. "It was difficult with the bags and the baby inside me.” 

Her baby, Rima, was born at the camp, but she was very small and thin.

"Many people said she would not survive," recalls Fatima. But thanks to UNICEF, which has been providing health care to the 80 babies born in the camp every week, Rima got regular checkups, which have helped her grow healthy and strong. 

This year, Rima started kindergarten. She's only 6, but already, she has big plans for her future — and a clear sense of how to achieve them: 

“If I want to become a doctor," she says, "I must study.” 

UNICEF has been on the ground at Za'atari since it opened in 2012, providing health care, nutrition, education, water, sanitation and hygiene for the more than 44,000 children who live there.


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Top photo: Rima, 6, was born in Za’atari Refugee Camp, which is home to over 44,000 children. © UNICEF/UN0241715/Herwig