CNN: Assad Made Beggars Out Of His People:' Syrian Refugees Flood Into Jordan

By Atika Shubert and Bharati Naik, CNN Zaatari refugee camp, Jordan (CNN) -- They carried teapots and tiny gas canisters, shopping bags filled with clothes and overstuffed bundles of blankets balanced on their heads. Many held jerry cans, once full with water, now dangling empty. This was our first day in Jordan, and nothing could have prepared us for the scene in front of us: Hundreds of refugees from Syria making the long walk to safety in Jordan, one long jagged line stretching out into the open desert. SEE MORE: Stunning photo gallery of Syria's refugees The refugees came from the outskirts of Damascus, walking for days in order to escape the ugly civil war that has engulfed their countr

The Toronto Star: Syrian Refugees Find Stark But Safe Home Inside Jordan's Border

By Bruce Campion-Smith Zaatari camp in northern Jordan is home to 100,000 refugees and new Syrians arrive daily seeking to escape the violence. AL-MAFRAQ, JORDAN—Just hours after crossing from a dangerous past into an uncertain future, the exhaustion and shell shock still play out across Ali’s face. In the cover of darkness Friday, he had slipped into Jordan from war-torn Syria, the latest desperate move in a year-long odyssey to stay ahead of the fighting — and stay alive. It had meant a 17-hour drive to the border — at almost $150 a head for him and his family — and then a nighttime walk to elude Syrian government forces to get into Jordan, which has become safe haven for tens of thousands

The Atlantic: Working At A Women's Clinic In A Syrian Refugee Camp

Written by: Hannah Myrick Anderson As Syrian peace talks continue, women in refugee camps face a lack of basic resources and the loss of a structured community. The dozens of bustling people and the swirling dust make it hard to see very far down the main street that runs through Zaatari, the largest Syrian refugee camp in Jordan. The road is lined with ramshackle stalls made of corrugated steel, pieces of aluminum and planks of wood. These little shop stalls display plastic-mannequin heads modeling hijabs, piles of fly-covered vegetables and stacks and stacks of World Food Program boxes. “Not for sale” read the sides of the boxes, but here on the street their contents are spilled out, sorte

The Globe and Mail: Harper Pledges $105-Million To Help Jordan Handle Influx Of Syrian Refugees

By Campbell Clark In a region he sees as troubled by extremism, Prime Minister Stephen Harper has picked an Arab country to support: Canada is giving aid to bolster moderate Jordan as it copes with an influx of thousands of Syrian refugees. The $105-million aid package, announced as Mr. Harper made his first visit to the palace of King Abdullah, is not direct humanitarian assistance for Syrians who are lodged in camps in the country’s north. This is money for fragile Jordan, to help fund its overburdened education system and for security. Mr. Harper arrived Thursday to a brief blast of trumpets that broke the royal hush in the courtyard of the white-stone Al-Hummar palace. He was welcomed by

Time.com: Za’atari: The Rapid Growth Of the Largest Camp For Syrian Refugees By Nate Rawlings

By Nate Rawlings For nearly three bloody years, the civil war in Syria has caused violence on a horrific scale. Roughly 120,000 were killed before the U.N. stopped counting, nearly 5 million have been internally displaced, and since it opened in July 2012, more than 120,000Syrians have found refuge in Za’atari, Jordan. By many estimations, Za’atari is the world’s second-largest refugee camp, behind Dadaab in eastern Kenya, but the term “camp” doesn’t do justice to the size, scale and complexity of either settlement. “If you think about a refugee camp, what you basically have is a small city,” says Dr. Stephanie Kayden, director of the Humanitarian Studies program at Harvard University. “You

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