Appeals to Help Iraqi Refugees in Jordan

Family of Seven Lives on 150 USD a Month

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Mohammad al-Obeidi

In Iraq, Mohammad Al-Obeidi worked as a taxi driver and made enough to support his wife and their five children. However, since they fled Iraq and relocated to Jordan, Mohammad has not been legally allowed to work. Upon the family’s arrival, the Family Protection Center (FPC) set up monthly installments to help the cash-strapped family receive financial assistance. Without reason, the cash assistance stopped suddenly in November, leaving the family with no means of support. In desperation, Mohammad again requested assistance, since the family could no longer afford to pay their rent of 75 JOD (105 USD), but to no avail.

Now, the family’s only remaining source of income comes from the Al-Obeidi children. An NGO gives three of the children bus money (2 jds or $2.80) for each day they attend class. Instead of taking the bus to class, the children walk the four mile round trip three times a week. This gives the family 72 jds ($101) a month, not even enough to cover their basic expenses.

Mohammad has been looking for a job even though he does not have a permit to work. To make matters worse, he recently had to have surgery on a hernia. Despite his weakened health condition and refugee status, the father of five is desperate to find a job which will enable him to once again to support his own family with dignity. As it is, the family of seven pay their rent, utilities, food, and transportation costs for just under $150/month , which is itself a telling glimpse into their desperate struggle to survive.


Written by Ayman Fadel

July 16, 2010 at 11:48

Posted in Uncategorized

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