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'Jordan hosts third largest number of refugees in the world’
Jordan Times, 16/08/2014
AMMAN — Jordan hosts the third largest number of refugees in the world, and the largest refugee community globally when compared with the population, Prime Minister Abdullah Ensour said Saturday. Ensour noted that the direct cost of hosting hundreds of thousands of Syrian refugees on the Kingdom’s budget is estimated at $4 billion so far, and the waves of refugees are associated with other costs such as security. Refugees are also competing with Jordanians in the labour market, the premier said, adding that the Syrian crisis has also given rise to social problems such as the smuggling of drugs and weapons. He made the remarks at a press conference to talk about the 10-year economic blueprint being prepared by the government. “Jordan is bearing a huge cost and donors are offering only a small portion of this cost,” the premier said, explaining that 1.42 million Syr...
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New $3.5m complex for Syrian
Gulf Daily News, 12/08/2014
BAHRAIN will build a medical centre and residential complex for Syrian refugees in Jordan. The $3.5million project will be constructed in Al Azraq refugee camp - Jordan's second largest camp - and is expected to be completed within the next four months. It will feature 500 housing units that can host 4,000 people, a medical centre, schools and a supermarket. The scheme comes in line with directives by His Majesty King Hamad to provide humanitarian aid to refugees fleeing from the ongoing violence in Syria, which erupted in 2011. It is being built under the patronage of Royal Charity Organisation (RCO) board of trustees chairman Shaikh Nasser bin Hamad Al Khalifa. "The medical centre and residential complex comes after the success of Bahrain building four schools that serves more than 4,000 students and 500 residential units in the Za'atari refugee camp in Jordan," said...
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Jordan launches Back-to-School campaign for Syrian children
Petra News Agency, 06/08/2014
Al-Mafraq, Aug. 6 (Petra) - Jordan's Ministry of Education, with support from UNICEF, launched a new back-to-school campaign late on Tuesday, targeting all Syrian children registered in the Kingdom, between the ages of 6 and 18. Robert Jenkins, UNICEF representative in Jordan, thanked the Ministry of Education for giving all children the necessary access to pursue their education, stressing the importance of providing education opportunities to Syrian refugee children: "Schools provide a safe haven for children, offer them a sense of normalcy and help give them hope for the future. It is crucial to ensure that Syrian girls and boys who have left their home country do not lose out on their education so that they can continue to play an active role in society in the future." The nationwide campaign, which is funded by the European Union, involves sending peer educators and volunteers do...
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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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