Preparing Syrian Refugees in Jordanian Desert for Harsh Winter Months

Za’atri’s Syrian Refugee Camp in Jordan: Bishop Younan, General Secretary Martin Junge

LWF Urges Scaling Up of Aid Efforts for Basic Dignity

ZA’ATRI, Jordan/GENEVA, 28 September 2012 (LWI) – Winter is coming. And even though the late September sky offers no shade from the scorching sun and the drifting dust is a merciless reminder of the Jordanian desert, the months to come mean drastic changes. The 32 degrees Celcius will rapidly drop to single digits below zero at night, and the dust will turn into mud on rainy days.

Za’atri camp in northern Jordan is 70 kilometers from the Syrian border. The number of Syrians fleeing the intensifying conflict at home into neighboring countries has been increasing dramatically over the past three months. By late September the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) had registered 94,716 people in Jordan, which is now hosting the highest numbers, followed by Turkey and then Lebanon.

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An LWF delegation comprising LWF President Bishop Dr Munib A. Younan and General Secretary Rev. Martin Junge visited Za’atri camp on 27 September and witnessed firsthand the conditions there and the humanitarian response supported by the global Lutheran communion.

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