Posts tagged JO
Posts tagged JO
This is my take on the children I’ve met over the past month and a half in Jordan’s Zaatari refugee camp. Check out the link above for a collection of my photographs of these resilient kids.
I love this huge Royal Jordanian billboard in Amman.
A family protests among the thousands who came out today to call for regime reform, the resignation of Prime Minister and a fall in the recent dramatic rise in gas prices. The boy holds a sign that reads the same as a chant that rang out in the streets, “The people are tired of silence, live in dignity or die.”
I got to meet Rasmeen 10 minutes after she was born yesterday afternoon. Her parents are from Homs, Syria and were lucky enough to receive free care and a safe delivery in Jordan. This photo was taken about 6 hours after the 4.5 kg infant was delivered.
Hundreds protested by walking over a mile from Jordan’s Professional Association to the Prime Ministry Offices on November 19. Unions had staged a strike that began the day before in protest of the dramatic increase in fuel prices. Some decried the gas price, while others called for an end to King Abdullah’s reign.
After a protest of a few hundred people in Al-Nuzha Circle in Hussein Camp — an area that was originally established as a Palestinian refugee camp — the unrest moved up to Al-Nuzha Police Station on Jordan Street at about 10:30 p.m. on November 16, where rocks were launched at the building and the people in front of it, including regime loyalists who were in cars in front of the police station, by around 200 people from different surrounding areas. Police retaliated by firing warning shots with live ammunition. Riot police showed up minutes later with two vehicles to shore up the area, before going into the protest at the end of the street to disperse the crowd with tear gas.
More than an estimated 10,000 people gathered at Husseini Mosque after Friday prayer in downtown Amman, Jordan, calling for reform and the fall of King Abdullah II on November 16. The crowd was a mix of groups and ages, with Islamists, leftists and activists from youth movements numbering among them. There was an unprecedented public display of dissent calling for the end to King Abdullah II’s reign, with the crowd chanting slogans such as, “Qaddafi, Ben Ali and Mubarak all left, Abdullah, go, go” and “Freedom, freedom, down with King Abdullah.”
Here are some of my favorite photographs from this past week of protests in Jordan:
On November 14 in the early morning, protestors who were spurred to gather by the rise of fuel prices in Jordan stood in front of riot police in the Interior Ministry Circle in Amman. Hundreds of police numbered among the thousands of protestors that called for freedom, democracy, and even chanted for the fall of the regime. Around 5 a.m. at the Interior Ministry Circle in Amman, Jordan the greatly reduced crowd from the earlier 2,000-strong protest was dispersed with a water cannon. Fleeing demonstrators were chased down and arrested by riot police.
Victory for President Barack Obama today, only time will tell if and when the Syrian people will see a victory for their country. These refugee children in Jordan’s Zaatari refugee camp hold up their fingers in the now ubiquitous sign of revolution.
Amman sunrise after the rain.