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The influx of refugees from Syria to the neighbouring countries does not stop. About 100,000 refugees are living now in the camp of al Za´atari near the Syrian-Jordan border. The team of THW has been continuously working to improve the living conditions of the refugees in the tent town.
Together with members from UNICEF, the German ambassador in Jordan, Mr Ralph Tarraf, visited on Monday the refugee camp of al Za’atari in the Jordan-Syrian border area. The delegation was briefed about the current situation by THW-staff on site and visited different parts of the camp.
Al Za’atari, Jordan. To some extent, the living conditions of the Syrian refugees in Jordan are dramatic. Heavy rainfall and the onset of winter in the Near East have led to the worsening of the general situation. “We try our very best to make the camp more weather-proof”, says THW’s head of operations in Jordan, Ms Veronika Wolf. Near the Jordan-Syrian border, THW has supported the setting up of a refugee camp, which is meant to give shelter to up to 60,000 people.
In the summer up to 40 degrees in the shade, in the winter sub-zero temperatures in some places and snow fall – the Jordanian climate is characterised by big contrasts. Since July, a camp for Syrian refugees has been set up near the town of Za’atari. After a summer with a lot of heat, THW is preparing the tent town for the cold season.
From Neuhausen to Nepal: In our modern world, communication networks can reach even the most remote regions. However, they are vulnerable. World-wide, THW supports the preparation of emergency forces for the failure of regular communication networks after disasters.
With THW’s official handing over of three ambulance vehicles to the Jordan relief organisation Jordan Health Aid Society (JHAS), three micro-projects could be completed in Jordan. Besides the ambulance vehicles, a generator for the provision of emergency power at the hospital of Dleil was also handed over.
Logistical challenges are the order of the day during the extension measures at the refugee camp near the Jordan town of al Za´atari. Within eight weeks, THW had sanitary units with 380 toilets installed. Under the direction and supervision of THW, Jordan enterprises are building 160 kitchen units for the camp. Each of these units includes two kitchens. The activities are supported by Syrian refugees.
Yesterday, the Federal Foreign Minister, Mr Guido Westerwelle, and his Jordan counterpart, Mr Nasser Judeh, visited the refugee camp al Za’atari in the Jordan-Syrian border area. Mr Westerwelle was impressed by the performance of the THW-team and assured further support. In the presence of the ministers, UNHCR and THW signed a contract about the construction of kitchen units.
The tent town in the middle of the Jordan desert is growing. Three quarters of the altogether 160 planned sanitary facilities in the refugee camp near the Jordan town of Za´atari were completed. More than 12,000 refugees have already been registered.
The refugee camp near the Jordan town of Za´atari has not yet reached its full size. At the moment, more than 6,500 refugees are living in the camp town – their number is increasing on a day-to-day basis. On monday the Federal Minister for Economic Cooperation and Development, Mr Dirk Niebel, visited the camp and was briefed, among other things, about the work of THW.