Filippo Grandi, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees visits a Syrian Refugee family in Amman Jordan, October 22, 2016. Originally from Homs, Syria, Mahmoud Abdul Karim Hilal (Abu Basel) lives with wife and 6 children (2 girls and 4 boys – Basel 11, Mohammed Noor 10, Qusai 9, Sundos 5, Alia 4, and Abdulkareem 2 years old). His 11 year old son, Basel, has a birth defect, no lower jaw and no ear, he only drinks but doesn’t eat – for which he needs a special diet that requires extra expenses. Father says that he sometimes would have to sell food items in order to buy juices and special drinks for Basel. Basel was supposed to undergo a surgery when he was 6 but with the general insecurity in Syria, it was so difficult for the father to take Basel to the doctor’s; the random detentions, the abrupt bombings and the several checkpoints. Basel cannot attend school because when he did, other children made fun of his looks.They entered Zaatari upon arrival, stayed there for 6 days but escaped in Aug 2013 due to the family’s medical conditions.
He lives in a 2-bedroom house, with a kitchen outside the house and damp walls.
He used to live with relatives before he started receiving UNHCR monthly financial assistance 2 years ago. Since then, he rented his own place. He receives 230 JODs in UNHCR cash assistance – including 75 JODs from UNICEF for his children. He also receives 20 JODs/person/month from WFP. They pay 120 JODs per month for rent, and 10 JODs in bills. Basel expressed how his whole life relies on the cash assistance he receives from UNHCR.