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Refugee Camp for Syrians in Jordan Evolves as a Do-It-Yourself City
New York Times, 04/07/2014
ZAATARI REFUGEE CAMP, Jordan — A young Syrian salesman stopped into Ahmad Bidawi’s barbershop for a shave the other day. Music wafted on fan-cooled air. Outside, on what has become the main commercial strip here in one of the world’s largest refugee camps, workers steered handcarts packed with lumber and kitchen appliances through sunbaked crowds hanging out in front of shops. The scene could hardly have felt further from the mayhem across the border that Mr. Bidawi, like the other refugees, fled. Syria is only a few miles away. From the camp one can feel the shelling. A farmer back home and jack-of-all-trades, Mr. Bidawi arrived here with his wife and children a year ago, only to have his youngest daughter die in the camp, overwhelmed by tear gas fired when guards struggled to quell a riot. Everyone in Zaatari has horror stories about homes destroyed, family members lost and ba...
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UNHCR Works Through the Night to Register Syrians Reaching Jordan
UNHCR, 10/07/2014
In the bleak early hours of the morning a Syrian family of five slowly steps out of a bus after a long journey from Jordan's border with Syria. Despite overwhelming fatigue, this is a moment of great relief. They are finally safe. "We left our home in Syria 13 days ago. We left our home at five o'clock in the morning and continued walking until seven at night; we walked for long hours with brief stops in between. We had only bread to eat and no choice but to drink unclean water from swamps," says Maher, the family's father. "Each one of my children was carrying a heavy bag and I had my youngest on my back and a large bag in my hand. We were constantly worried along the way, afraid of being bombed or killed, especially with such young children. We are very relieved to be here." While the rest of Jordan sleeps, operations at the Raba Sarhan Registration Centre in northern Jordan d...
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UN Highlights Hardships for Lone Female Syrian Refugees
AFP, 08/07/2014
Thousands of Syrian refugee women are caught in a "spiral of hardship, isolation and anxiety," widowed or separated from their husbands and struggling to survive, the UN warned on Tuesday. In a new report, the UN agency for refugees UNHCR highlighted the plight of some 145,000 Syrian refugee women who are fending for themselves and their families in dire circumstances across the Middle East. "Forced to take sole responsibility for their families after their men were killed, captured or otherwise separated, they are caught in a spiral of hardship, isolation and anxiety," said the report, unveiled by UNHCR chief Antonio Guterres at a Amman news conference. Guterres said Syrian refugee women "are suffering enormously" and appealed for more funds to help them. "We need to enhance our direct cash support to vulnerable families and that is a very important instrument... unfortunate...
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Child Marriage on the Rise Among Syrian Refugees in Jordan - UNICEF
Thomas Reuters Foundation , 16/07/2014
Nearly one in three marriages among Syrian refugees in Jordan involves a child under 18 and the proportion is rising for a second consecutive year, according to a report released on Wednesday. Child marriage has long been an accepted practice among parts of the Syrian population, reaching 13 percent of all marriages in pre-war Syria, but the civil war has exacerbated factors believed to encourage early marriage. In the first quarter of this year 32 percent of all Syrian refugee marriages registered in Jordan involved a child, the U.N. children's agency (UNICEF) said, in a report released ahead of an international summit to spur global action to end child marriage and female genital mutilation/cutting. The first quarter figure has risen from 18 percent of such marriages in 2012 and 25 percent in 2013, but the real percentage is likely to be higher as those figures refer only to m...
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UNHCR warns of dramatic consequences if funding gaps for Syrian refugees continue
UNHCR, 03/07/2014
Faced with continued violence in Syria and a growing refugee influx into the region, UNHCR and its partners today warned of grave risks if funding gaps are not closed and mounting refugee needs are not met. In an updated 2014 Syria Regional Response Plan (RRP6) being formally presented in Geneva tomorrow, UNHCR and partners call on donors to fund a $3.74 billion programme across Lebanon, Jordan, Turkey, Iraq and Egypt to save lives, prevent harm, protect the vulnerable and strengthen the capacity and resilience of refugees and host communities as the crisis deepens into its fourth year. "Failing to provide enough humanitarian support for Syrian refugees by the end of 2014 could result in dramatic consequences for refugees and the stability of the entire region, including a serious security threat to Lebanon," said UN High Commissioner for Refugees António Guterres. "We have a s...
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Footing the Bill
The Guardian, 06/07/2014
Since 2011, the Syrian conflict has killed more than 100,000 people and destroyed countless homes and businesses, forcing Syrians by the thousands to seek refuge in the region. Jordan generously opened its borders to these refugees, who settled in camps established by the United Nations and in northern cities such as Irbid, Ramtha, and Mafraq, resulting in a rapid, nearly 10% increase in the population. Refugees are crowding schools and health facilities, water and waste services are near capacity, and Jordanians are competing with Syrians in the workplace. A resource-poor country, Jordan is now footing the bill for its humanitarian role. But how much is that bill? While some studies have assessed the general impact, to date none has measured the specific impact to the government budget for 2013 and estimated 2014. Commissioned by the Jordanian Ministry of Finance and US Agency for...
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World Refugee Day
Relief Web, 20/06/2014
Relief International, which began life-saving operations in 2012 to assist Syrian refugees living in camps and host communities in Jordan, held multiple activities for Syrian children in commemoration of World Refugee Day this week. The activites served as a chance for Syrian children to experience the simple joys of being a kid. More than 200 students enjoyed different recreational activities such as singing, storytelling and drawing supported by the Jordanian “Tales and Music Bus” Initiative inside the Azraq camp for Syrian refugees in Jordan. In addition, the RI team hosted puppet shows and storytelling activities for more than 100 Syrian students in a kindergarten in Almanshiah, located in the Mafraq governorate. Currently, RI is working to improve hygiene and sanitation conditions in 45 schools in the Irbid and Mafraq governorates. RI found that using puppets was an effective...
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Syrian Refugees in Jordan: Carefully Watched
The Economist, 18/06/2014
JORDANIANS are quick to note that hosting more than 600,000 Syrian refugees has put a strain on their economy, government services and scarce water supplies. But a different threat keeps officials up at night. The refugee crisis “is turning into a security situation,” says Abdallah Abu Romman, a former minister of information. The authorities worry that armed fighters, regime intelligence agents and smugglers hide among the refugees. Security services in the largest refugee camp, Zaatari, blamed riots there in April on "Assad sleeper cells", according to the Saudi-owned daily Al Hayat. A resident who liaises between refugees and the Jordanian police says anyone who causes trouble in the camp is investigated. Someone deemed a moderate rebel is sent back to Syria but “if they suspect he is from an extremist group, he is immediately detained,” says the resident. Smuggling netw...
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Remembering Refugees and Host Communities
The Jordan Times, 18/06/2014
Much has changed in the wider region since the last World Refugee Day commemoration, but unfortunately not for the better in Syria. What we still hoped could be a political solution to the humanitarian crisis, permitting the return of Syrian refugees, has not eventuated. No one is rejoicing the fact that earlier this year Jordan had to open another camp in Azraq, which could in time shelter more people than Zaatari camp. The Geneva II peace talks have proved ineffective and another special envoy on Syria has resigned. Compounding the ongoing Syrian conflict is the mounting crisis in Iraq, where, in a matter of weeks, we saw as much horror and displacement as we have seen in Syria. Against this backdrop of just a few examples of regional instability, we need to again acknowledge and pay tribute to the people of Jordan for continuing the Kingdom’s exemplary tradition of of...
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10.8 Million Syrians Need Aid - UN
United Nations, 21/06/2014
The number of Syrians in urgent need of humanitarian aid has jumped to 10.8 million — nearly half of Syria’s population of 22 million — United Nations chief Ban Ki-moon said Friday. In his monthly report to the UN Security Council, Ban said that a total of 4.7 million Syrians are now in areas that are “difficult or impossible” for humanitarian workers to reach, including 241,000 in besieged areas. That’s an increase from the previous estimate of 3.5 million people. The report warned that advances made by Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant militants in Iraq would only further worsen the situation in Syria. “Efforts to expand humanitarian assistance to those most in need have been met with continued delays and obstruction,” the report said. “Far from improving access, new procedures rolled out two months ago have resulted in more delays and reduced the reach...
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