– Par Katy Montoya –
Katy Montoya is a senior at Swarthmore College, majoring in Political Science and minoring in Arabic Language. Her fieldwork in Jordan over the past two summers has been the basis for her research on state-supported and informal civil networks for Syrians inside Jordan. This research was made possible by the support of the European Research Council’s WAFAW project (www.wafaw.org) and by the J. Roland Pennock Fellowship in Public Affairs.
I first visited the northern city of Irbid, Jordan in the summer of 2013 as an American undergraduate studying Arabic. By joining a youth volunteer group, I came into contact with Syrian social workers who mobilize resources and services among the Syrian community in order to assist new Syrian arrivals, including injured ex-fighters of the Free Syrian Army (FSA). On my visits to Syrian neighborhoods, I heard a wealth of personal narratives of suffering and resilience that left me with a lasting impression of the degree of solidarity of the Syrian community throughout this protracted Syrian war. Continuer la lecture de Syrian Refugees Collectivizing in Jordan Becomes a Security Issue