What do you know about CRP’s neighborhood of Hashemi Shamali in East Amman?

We’ve been showing you little snippets across the months–for example discussing the differences between West Amman and East Amman. The first is characterized by wealth. The second is characterized by poverty, and, by extension, the stigma attached to it.

Another thing that sets East Amman apart is the role it plays in hosting some of Amman’s largest refugee communities. For decades, many Palestinians and Iraqis have called Hashemi Shamali home. In fact, CRP was started in this very neighborhood to assist the thousands of Iraqis fleeing the 2003 invasion.

Since 2011, the refugee landscape in Jordan–and in our neighborhood–has been completely transformed by the arrival of more than one million Syrians (of whom more than 600,000 still remain).

So let’s go beyond the stigma. What does this influx mean for our neighborhood? It means Hashemi Shamali is one of the most religiously diverse areas of the city. It means a burgeoning street art scene–one of the most vibrant in the city. It means hundreds of families bringing their skillsexperiences, and passions to CRP–and to their neighbors.

If you’re curious to learn more about the real face of Hashemi Shamali, you can listen to the second episode of our new podcast season, released just yesterday.

We speak to two Syrian members of the Hashemi Shamali community who arrived 40 years apart, but who had similar things to say about the character of the neighborhood and the challenges facing refugees in Jordan. You’ll learn something about Syria, about Hashemi, and about the people who make our CRP community unique.

Zach Goodwin

Communications & Fundraising Intern