Bringing relief to Syrian refugees in Jordan

Tehran, Oct 9, IRNA – Syrians fleeing violence in their country continue to cross into Jordan every day in search of safety while most of them are exhausted and desperately need help.

According to a news release issued by the ICRC, together with the Jordan National Red Crescent Society, the ICRC is doing its utmost to relieve their suffering.

By the time they reach the border, most refugees have already endured a long and difficult journey, said Maan Ibrahim, who heads a team of ICRC water engineers in Jordan. As soon as they arrive, they urgently need water, food, shelter and sometimes medical care.

According to official figures, more than 580,000 Syrians have taken refuge in Jordan since the onset of the fighting in their country. Around 30 per cent of Syrian refugees are accommodated in camps, and the others are taken in by local communities. Because Syrians arrive in Jordan with few if any belongings, when they cross the border they are initially hosted at reception points where their basic needs are attended to.

Most refugees remain in northern areas near the Syrian border where they put tremendous pressure on the already very limited resources available. So far, we have provided food and hygiene items for over 58,000 Syrian refugees, said ICRC delegate Nana Chukhua. While our main aim is to assist the refugees, we are also easing the burden of local host communities.

At al-Zaatari camp, in Mafraq governorate north-east of Amman, thousands of Syrian refugees yearning to make contact with family members in Syria and elsewhere have been receiving help from the ICRC.

People suffer terribly when they lose contact with their loved ones – they dont know where they are, or whether theyre safe, said Ali Abdallah, head of the tracing services run by the ICRC at its Amman delegation. Since the beginning of the year, over 24,000 refugees in the camp have had the opportunity to make free phone calls to their families.



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