IOM Moves Syrian Refugees from Crowded Transit Facilities to New Camp
As thousands of Syrians continue to flee their country into Jordan, IOM has started moving the refugees from crowded transit facilities to a new camp set up by the Jordanian government and UNHCR at Zatari, near the town of Mafraq, 10 kms from the Syrian border.
According to the Jordanian authorities, the camp, which can currently house some 5,000 people and is managed by the Jordanian Hashemite Charitable Organization (JHCO), may be expanded to accommodate as many as 150,000, if the conflict in Syria worsens resulting in a mass exodus of refugees.
On Sunday night (29/7) a convoy of six IOM buses made two trips to move 447 people from an over-crowded transit facility at Beshabsha on the border to Zatari. Yesterday (30/7) it moved another 472 from another packed reception facility - the King Abdullah Park (KAP) site.
KAP, which was set up June 28th, was designed to receive 800 people, but is currently hosting over 8,000 in containers and tents.
IOM has established a clinic at the camp with funding from the UN Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF.) Two IOM mobile medical teams, comprising ten doctors and five nurses, are working at the site to provide 24-hour primary health care and referrals.
IOM medical staff are also working in Cyber City - a third camp housing the most vulnerable arrivals, including the elderly and families with young children. IOM has also distributed over 4,000 hygiene kits to new arrivals.
"Our objective is to work with the Jordanian government and our humanitarian partners to ensure that Syrians fleeing the conflict can live in safety and dignity in Jordan until they are able to return home. Our transport and health interventions are part of a closely coordinated response to ensure that this happens," says IOM Jordan Chief of Mission Davide Terzi.
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