Za’atari Refugee camp in Jordan on the Syrian border.
February 11, 2013
“This is an exodus! Nearly 22,000 people have come into the camp in the past week, 6,000 alone in the past two days.”
“Most people are arriving with just the clothes on their back. They fled for their lives, unable to grab anything from their homes. I’ve seen women covering themselves only with a large shawl and children without shoes.”
This is how one Save the Children worker at Za’atari, the largest Syrian refugee camp in Jordan, described the crisis to me as I arrived at the camp.
The camp population has recently soared to 60,000 people – a 20 percent increase since the start of the year.
Za’atari is turning into a small town. There are shops opening on the side of the camp’s main road, set up by refugees themselves, as well as small eateries, coffee shops, barbers and stalls selling food, clothes and other household items.
From a high vantage point, one can see endless rows of tents, interspersed with toilets, schools and distribution centers.
Save the Children is working to help the thousands of children living in the refugee camps. So many girls and boys need caring people to support Save the Children’s response efforts. Please give generously to our Syria Children in Crisis Fund.