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Syrian refugee crisis strains Jordan’s resources

08-16-2012 14:31 BJT Special Report:Crisis in Syria |

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Tens of thousands of Syrians have spilled across the border into Jordan since the unrest started in their homeland 17 months ago. Officially some 40-thousand refugees are registered, although the Jordanian government says the actual figure is closer to 150-thousand. There is concern that the mounting refugee crisis could overwhelm the countrys’ already limited resources.

Almost seven-thousand Syrian refugees live in this vast tented city in the desert.

UN officials say Jordan’s first official refugee camp could take up to 120,000 people although, with limited resources and tough living conditions, it’s hard to see how.

"Food, water and medical aid are now available here. But there are some things that no one can control, and the intense heat and strong dusty winds make life in this camp extremely uncomfortable."

Jordanian officials say conditions will improve as more services are provided this week the French military set up a field hospital to provide vital health care to camp residents and the U.N. plan to gradually replace the tents with prefabricated houses.

Andrew Harper, Unhcr said, "One of the biggest challenges is that we just don’t know how many more people are going to be coming. We’re getting hundreds per day, but that could easily turn into thousands per day and that’s part of the reason why we’ve got to keep not only responding to the ones coming across but also preparing new sites and new facilities for new people."

Life in the camp is not easy but it’s better than home for Qasen al-Hasan who was beaten and left for dead by Syrian soldiers.

Qasen Al-Hasan, Syrian Refugee said, "They captured me in Syria, they were trying to kill me. They threw me into the canal because they thought I was dead after two hours of being beaten. Thank God, a farmer found me in the water and took care of me for three days and after that the Free Syrian fighters helped me and my family come to Jordan to save my life."

"Like many others here he tells me all he has left is the dream that one day soon he’ll be able to go home."

Editor:Wang Shuo |Source:

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