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Syria Crisis: Everyday Life under unusual Circumstances

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.

Just sand, desert and 35 degrees in the shade: every day, refugees arrive at the camp. They are tired from the strains of the flight and marked by the civil war situation in their country – everyday life is no longer as it used to be. Tirelessly, international relief organisations expand the tent town to bring a little bit of normality to the life of the refugees – in spite of it all. Right in the middle – THW’s volunteers. They have been on site for four weeks - building up water supply, installing sanitary facilities, together with staff from the region. One sanitary unit comprises five showers, five toilets and five washing facilities.


The individual parts of the camp are built in 100 times 100 metre long grid squares. Each of these areas contains 50 tents, each for up to five people, and is equipped with a distribution system for drinking water and sanitary facilities. To build a camp of this size in a short time, is a logistical challenge and hard work for the relief organisations.
Besides the expansion work at the camp, THW still sees to micro-projects on site. By doing this, the THW staff support Jordan relief organisations, for example, in procuring a generator or operating tables for the hospital which is situated near the tent town.

  • Children in the camp: THW supports UNHCR and UNICEF in expanding the camp. (show image)

  • More than two thirds of the permanent sanitary facilities were completed. (show image)

  • THW-volunteers and regional staff expanding the camp.  (show image)

  • THW sees to the extension of water supply for Syrian refugees. (show image)

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