Za’atari Refugee camp in Jordan on the Syrian border.
February 15, 2013
As I entered the refugee camp, there were dozens of vehicles unloading people near the registration center.
A little boy ran up to me, asking something in Arabic. My colleague intervened and found out he wanted to know where to get breakfast.
We walked back to his family and told them about the Save the Children tent nearby where they can get welcome meals made up of hummus, beans, juice, tuna, crackers and honey.
The family had hastily fled their homes in Syria after hearing news of bombardment in their area. After travelling overnight, they reached the border near Za’atari at dawn.
While waiting for registration, the father told me he was worried about what kind of accommodation he would get for his family, but thanked God that at least his children were now safe from harm.
There was a large tent nearby where the newly registered families were given blankets, mattresses, buckets, water bottles, soap, cleaning powder and other sanitary items.
There was a huge crowd pushing against the fence around the tent. Though the camp staff insisted people queue to speed up the distribution, most of the men and women were furious about the delay in receiving their supplies. Calm was restored when some of the frustrated families agreed to be patient and wait their turn.
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