Responding to harsh weather conditions in Za’atari refugee camp
MAFRAQ [ACTED News] – Since the beginning of January, ACTED teams have been mobilised to respond to the impact of the harsh weather conditions that hit the Za’atari refugee camp, situated in Northern Jordan, at the beginning of the New Year. The heavy rains that thrashed the camp on the 7th and 8th January led to many tents being flooded, triggering large movements of Syrian refugees to a new expansion of the camp which is not yet fully equipped with water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) facilities, kitchens, distribution points as well as waste containers. This unexpected movement of people meant that the new expansion was not yet ready to accommodate significant numbers of refugees due to a lack of key services, including Child Friendly Spaces.
For the past week, Syrian refugees have been living in spaces where there is a severe lack of toilets, drinking water points, and showers within close proximity of their new homes, rendering their living conditions particularly difficult. In response to this situation, from 11th to 15th January, ACTED delivered key hygiene promotion messages to over 13,000 refugees, provided approximately 3,000 households with bin liners and delivered nearly 2,000 bars of soap to families living in the camp. In addition, ACTED has recruited extra cleaners and procured extra bins for the new expansion of the camp in order to help the refugees living there to keep it clean and hygienic. This initiative is supported by UNICEF.
More support both in terms of providing WASH facilities and winter items is needed in order to rapidly upscale this emergency response over the coming weeks and cover life saving needs of the families currently living in Za’atari refugee camp.