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'Dam will burst' if West does not come to aid of Syrian refugees, King of Jordan warns

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2/4/2016 (3 years ago)

More than a million undocumented Syrian refugees living in Jordan, in addition to refugee camps

King Abdullah of Jordan says waves of Syrian refugees into his nation have placed an overwhelming strain on his country's health care and education systems. The king says that his country is at a breaking point and that help must arrive before the "dam bursts."

At least 80,000 Syrian refugees are now stationed at the Al Zaatari refugee camp. The camp only has the capacity for 60,000 people (Reuters).

At least 80,000 Syrian refugees are now stationed at the Al Zaatari refugee camp. The camp only has the capacity for 60,000 people (Reuters).


2/4/2016 (3 years ago)

Published in Middle East

Keywords: Al-Zaatari refugee camp, Jordan, King of Jordan, refugee crisis

LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - "The psyche of the Jordanian people, I think it's gotten to a boiling point," King Abdullah said in an interview.

"It hurt us when it comes to the educational system, our healthcare," he said.

"Sooner or later, I think the dam is going to burst and I think this week is going to be very important for Jordanians to see, is there going to be help - not only for Syrian refugees but for their own future as well.

Photo courtesy of Reuters.

Photo courtesy of Reuters.


"They realize that if they don't help Jordan, it's going to be more difficult for them to deal with the refugee crisis."

Jordan is currently sheltering more than 600,000 of the 4.6 million Syrians displaced by their nation's civil war. The problem has only worsened in the five years since that conflict began.

Photo courtesy of Reuters.

Photo courtesy of Reuters.

The Jordanian government says that there are an additional one million unregistered Syrians living there. Jordan has a population of 9.5 million. Officials fear that this problem as even more Syrians come streaming into Jordan.

At least 80,000 Syrian refugees are now stationed at the Al Zaatari refugee camp. The camp only has the capacity for 60,000 people. 

A conference in London this week will try to raise $8.75 billion to go to Syrian refugee camps.

Located near the city of Mafraq, airborne photographs reveal tents along with other temporary homes stretching over miles of the Jordanian desert.

Photo courtesy of Reuters.

Photo courtesy of Reuters.

A fourth of the Jordanian government's budget is spent looking after refugees.

King Abdullah is going to hold the West to its many promises. "The international community, we've always stood shoulder to shoulder by your side. We're now asking for your help, you can't say no this time."

The al-Zaatari refugee camp boasts an entrepreneurial spirit among its residents, with 3,000 refugee-owned businesses.

They include a pizza delivery service, barbers, hairdressers, greengrocers, coffee shops and even a wedding boutique.


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