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Jordan border town sees increase in Syrian refugees

02-19-2012 14:20 BJT

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As the number of Syrian refugees rises in Jordan's border town of Ramtha, local aid groups are providing them with shelter and food.

In Jordan but with their thoughts back home. In a country plagued by escalating violence, people are fleeing. And while they feel safer now, Syrian refugees say their hearts are with their families left behind.

Syrian refugees, who fled the violence in Syria, are seen at their temporary home in the Jordanian city of Al Ramtha near the Syrian border February 18, 2012.

Syrian refugee said: "We are safe here, but those inside Syria are under fire and bombardment. Families have been displaced. There’s no milk, no bread."

The government funded Islamic Hashemite charity society is at the forefront of efforts to help Syrian refugees settle in Jordan.

The group says at least 5,000 have crossed into the country since the unrest began 11 months ago.

The society is providing shelter, food and other essential needs, including education.

Abdul Munim Khatib, head of Islamic Charity Group said: "Many Syrian students were unable to study, because there was a decision to refuse them admission to schools. But we managed to enroll the refugees in an Islamic school, and another private school accepted some of them. But others remain without education, particularly those above 10th grade."

The UN agency for refugees says nearly 3,000 Syrians have registered at its offices in Amman.

The majority of Syrian refugees in Jordan come from the restive city of Deraa, where Syrian government forces and opposition Free Army are fighting each other.

Syrian refugees and residents living in Jordan shout slogans during a demonstration against Syria's President Bashar al-Assad, in front of the Syrian embassy in Amman February 17, 2012.

Syrian refugees, who fled the violence in Syria, shout slogans against Syria's President Bashar Al Assad outside their temporary home in the Jordanian city of Al Ramtha near the Syrian border February 18, 2012.




Editor:Zhang Rui |Source: CNTV.CN

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