There has been a huge influx of Syrian refugees here with just under 700,000 registered, estimated 1.2million including those unregistered.
Today we visited some of our beneficiaries in the North of Jordan. There has been a huge influx of Syrian refugees here with just under 700,000 registered, estimated 1.2million including those unregistered. Zatari Camp is a well known camp but only houses 30% of refugees; those living outside the camps are in a really tragic situation. We visited some lone camps of people who have found old disused land and set up tents. These can house up to 9 people and are have really poor living standards, they were held down by stones and have no carpets. A sheet of cloth separated the slab of stones for cleaning themselves and the sleeping area. In the winter these are overcome with snow and rain water, such that sewage form the outdoor toilet runs in.
Alhamdulillah they are enrolled on our winterization program which means they will receive, aside from food vouchers, mattresses, warm clothes, heaters, and other essential warming equipment. Eventually we find accommodation for them and assist with the rent so they can start to rebuild their lives. As always the rays of sunshine didn’t come from the sky but from the faces of the children. Who have to live with the realities of what the leaders of their generations have left them. These smiles are what will warm up what promises to be a very harsh winter. Ateeq Salik