It is our 5th visit to Azraq camp; we seem to have gotten better at some things, while still being challenged by new conditions and potential problems. Next to where we are staying there is an airbase that seems to have a lot more activity these days. Apart from that, life in the camp hasn’t changed that much except for the increasing desire for change. While Zatari Camp has gone through quite substantial transformations including the caravans and tents shifting to a more traditionally Syrian Home structure, including a patio and semi-public spaces, Azraq has seen no substantial changes to its rigid grid and separated villages.
We saw an opportunity to do something more organic on the large space in the centre of the camp that people use to get from A to B. Inspired by the diagonal lines laid on the ground by the informal walkways, we began drawing a giant mosaic. Apart from its visibility on Google Earth, we also hope that people will find it more entertaining to walk this long distances with something on the ground that divides the space and the time that it takes to traverse it.
Catherine has continued to generate interest in a guided conversation system directed at isolated women called Hope Circles – a safe environment where they are able to begin to process their deep traumas and fears left by the war.
It is not something that can be forced from top down, instead the idea is to place ‘Hope Circles’ in such a way that it is adopted by our partners in the camp as a natural step to take and is evidently positive for healing the invisible wounds.