The number of Syrian refugees crossing to Jordan is rising. To date, more than 7,000 people live in the tented Za’atari camp in Mafraq, north of Jordan. They are battered with frequent sand storms, hot weather and lack of natural shade.
UNICEF correspondent Hala Abu Khatwa reports on Syrian refugees struggling with harsh conditions and scarce basic facilities at a camp in Jordan.
UNICEF and its partners are stepping up work to overcome the challenges at the camp and to provide adequate water and sanitation to all people in Za’atari. They’ve expanded the construction of latrines, bathing facilities, washing basins, and mobile washing units. Drinking water is trucked on daily basis to the camp and soon a new well will be drilled to serve the area.
According to Mohamad Al-Najjar, Minister of Water and Irrigation in Jordan, "There is a priority in general for water, particularly with regard to the health conditions of children. The Ministry of Water and Irrigation has allowed digging wells and we are also supplying water to the area, especially to this camp for UNICEF to care for children."
With the increasing number of Syrian refugees crossing to Jordan, there is a growing need for expanding services in an attempt to meet the basic needs of the refugees and alleviate their suffering.
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