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Jordan's Quiet Emergency

Pulitzer Center


When the adhan sounds, a sigh of relief ripples across the room. The call to prayer marks the end of the day’s Ramadan fasting and the go-ahead for seven disabled children, six volunteers, one grandmother, and two supervisors, all from Syria, to dig into the mountain of McDonald’s in front of them.

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Jordan's other refugees feel forgotten


UNHCR Jordan reported a 140 percent increase in non-Syrian and non-Iraqi refugees in 2013 over the previous year, mainly made up of non-Arab Sudanese fleeing Darfur.


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Changing with the times, JRS adapts to the community's needs

Amman, 1 March 2013 – Abu Hassan has been the director of the informal education project for nearly five years. In its early years, the school in Ashrafiyeh catered only to Iraqi refugees. But as Jordan hosts more refugees, the JRS school has adapted to the changing situation.

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Accompaniment comes first for refugees

Amman, 30 October 2012 – Situated in a quiet neighbour on top of a hill, it would be easy to confuse Ashrafiyeh as just another school in east Amman. But few of the students share a common language, or religious and cultural traditions. Most have been forced to flee conflict and survive on the margins of society. They need to be supported and kept engaged. This is the approach taken by teachers in the JRS school in Jordan.

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When education is more than just learning

Amman, 15 October 2012 – For eight months former Jesuit Refugee Service volunteer, Grace Benton, worked in a team of volunteers trying to offer refugees and their children the support they need to build a future. The courses went from strength to strength; but as she learned, the results were about more than learning curricular subjects, there were about building community and making refugees safer.

It all began when she gave a nonchalant response to an unexpected question.

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Sudanese refugees struggle against racism everyday

Amman, 18 June 2012 – Hidden amongst the throngs of Amman's population, Sudanese face discrimination on a daily basis.

"It's normal to be called 'Chocolate', 'Abu Samra' or other racist names when we walk in the street. I don't care what they say to me, but what makes me angry is when my children suffer", says Sudanese woman, Iman.

Iman once found her young son covering his arms with flour. When she asked him what he was doing, he answered, "Now I'm white."

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Innovating New Approaches to Mental Health for Urban Refugees in Jordan

By: Justyna Alsamawi – Volunteer, International Medical Corps, Jordan

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Jordan: 1,400 refugees receive training in three years

Amman, 16 August 2011 – The Jesuit Refugee Service Jordan marked its third anniversary in the country with thirteen graduation ceremonies for students in its informal education project, held in the capital, Amman, in late July.

More than 280 students, comprising refugees mainly from Iraq, a small number from Palestine and Sudan, and a smattering of marginalised Jordanians, received their certificates.

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Improving food security in Arab countries

Executive Summary

This joint working paper lays out a rationale and strategic framework for improving food security and managing food-price shocks in the Arab countries. The paper does not provide country specific policy and project recommendations. Such recommendations will follow from the country by country application of the framework, taking into account each country's political and cultural preferences, resource endowments, and risk tolerance.

In 2007 and the first half of 2008, a sharp rise in agricultural commodity and food prices triggered grave concerns