Food and water major concerns at Za’atari camp in Jordan

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Children form a line outside the school at Za’atari camp in northern Jordan. [Photo: UNICEF/Simon Ingram]

Food, water and sanitation are among the major concerns of refugees in Za’atari refugee camp in Jordan, says UNICEF Communication Officer Marc Vergara.

The camp, which marks its one year anniversary on the 29th of July, hosts Syrians fleeing from the on-conflict in their country.

According to the UNICEF Communication Officer, the camp, which is located in the desert, had nothing that might be needed to sustain a population when it first opened.

Now, with more than 120,000 people, Za’atari is the fourth largest city in Jordan.

Among other concerns, says Mr. Vergara, are security and education.

“With so many children in the camps, the education – we have some 60,000 kids in Za’atari camp alone. Some 30,000 are supposed to go to school but only 12,000 of them are registered. Security is also an issue sometimes because the parents are reluctant to let their kids, especially their daughters, walk from the tents to the school or from the school back to the tents.”

UNICEF has put together a plan of assembly points so the children can be escorted to school.

Gerry Adams, United Nations

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