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“I did not give myself a chance to feel sorry for my past”: - Life in Zaatari Refugee Camp: Four Syrian Stories
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Social Work.
2014 (English)Independent thesis Basic level (university diploma), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

This study aims to explore how four Syrians, involved as case managers in

Questscope’s mentoring program, describe and experience their lives in Zaatari

Refugee Camp. The participants were asked to describe their experiences

through qualitative interviews. The results were analyzed through the lens of

Antonovsky’s salutogenic theory to examine each participant’s sense of

coherence and what activities or people contribute towards a strong SOC. The

results show that the participants face many challenges in Zaatari Camp, most

notably the feeling that their lives have been reduced to a simple existence in

which they are expected to be content with food and shelter. They express the

feeling that their hopes and aspirations have come to a standstill and that camp

conditions do not allow them to move forward in their lives, such as by

completing university. However, their stories also include indications of strong

SOC in that the participants make sense of their situation, perceive that there

are resources available to deal with their situation, and have incentive to

persevere in spite of their circumstances. They describe their work with

Questscope, through which they are encouraged to take initiative and

responsibility, as helpful and motivating because it builds their confidence, gives

them purpose and allows them to hope and move forward.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2014. , 44 p.
Keyword [en]
Syrians, refugee camp, NGO, Zaatari Camp, sense of coherence
National Category
Social Work
URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-107547OAI: diva2:748285
Available from: 2014-09-19 Created: 2014-09-18 Last updated: 2014-09-19Bibliographically approved

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