Photo Essay: The Impact of US Policies on Refugees in Lebanon and Jordan
By Lauren Murphy, Digital Producer, Amnesty International USA
When President Trump signed what has become known as the Muslim ban during his first week in office, he set into motion a series of events that continue to leave families in uncertainty and danger to this day, according to a new report by Amnesty International USA. In some cases, these families were cleared to come to the United States in late 2016 and early 2017, only to be stranded in countries where they face restrictive policies, increasingly hostile environments, and often lack the same rights as permanent residents or citizens.
The new report, “The Mountain is in Front of Us and the Sea is Behind Us,” is based on nearly 50 interviews conducted by AIUSA with refugees currently living in Lebanon and Jordan. The report describes the desperate circumstances faced by families who continue to be locked in an impossible limbo because of discriminatory U.S. policies as they try to seek safe a new life and permanent home. Here are their stories.
Kaden* and his family outside their home in Zaatari refugee camp in Jordan. They would like to be resettled anywhere, and are unable to return to Syria.