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When the lorry with the volunteers of THW reaches the villages around the town of Santa Fe, the faces of the people there immediately brighten up. Active THW members bring the fresh drinking water for the day to the Philippine island of Bantayan.
With immediate effect, the aid of THW for the residents of the Philippine island of Bantayan will be extended to surrounding villages. On Friday, active THW members brought drinking water to the surrounding area of the town of Santa Fe with the help of two lorry loads.
Upon request of the Foreign Office, THW will send a five-man team to the Philippines. From the Philippine capital of Manila it will support the German embassy in assessing relief possibilities to be carried out by the Federal Government as well as exploring the deployment options for THW.
The refugee camp in al Azraq in Jordan still resembles a ghost town. The core of the camp in the middle of a desert, however, is completed. The more the opening date is delayed, the more opportunities for those responsible to optimise the infrastructure at the camp arise: under certain circumstances, the facilities must last for several years until people have the opportunity to return to their home.
The focus of an exploration by THW, which is currently taking place in the Kurdish regions of Erbil, Dohuk and Suleymaniah, is on the construction and development of the Syrian refugee camp in the North of Iraq. At the request of the Foreign Office, a three-man THW-team has been on the site to sort out support possibilities for authorities on site, the United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR), as well as the United Nations Children’s Funds (UNICEF). Meanwhile, work at the still uninhabited refugee camp in the Jordan desert near Azraq has made good progress.
THW’s extension works at the refugee camp of al Azraq continue: at the camp in the Jordan desert, in future altogether four water storage spaces will provide water to thousands of people per day. Thanks to a capacity of up to 570,000 litres, daily 19,000 refugees per storage space can be supplied with this essential commodity. Furthermore, the construction of more than 20 distribution points at the camp is planned.
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.