Fighting stereotypes, preserving a precious resource – water – and giving refugees a job: this is the triple challenge that has been posed by Safaa, a Jordanian woman who until 2012 – with her husband and two children – lived in Damascus, in Syria, where he made and sold artisan jewellery. When things began to worsen in the country, Safaa returned to Irbid, northern Jordan, along with her children, while her husband remained in Syria. She immediately understood that the only way to survive was to find a job.
Daniela Sala is an Italian, Rome-based, journalist, video-maker and photographer. Her works appeared on The Guardian, News Deeply, Open Migration, RaiNews24, Corriere della Sera, Avvenire. This article was published with support from the Fairway Fellowship, an initiative of the Ethical Journalism Network and International Labour Organization to support quality reporting on labour migration in the Middle East.