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Jordan: Aid agencies race against weather to fully equip refugee camp

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SEATTLE -- High winds and sandstorms along Jordan's northeastern border have presented challenges to World Concern and other agencies working to equip a transit camp for refugees fleeing Iraq. Approximately 500 people have already arrived, but Jordanian officials have been waiting for the camps to get additional supplies in place before they fully open the border. Officials have predicted that 20,000 to 60,000 could arrive at the camp in the coming weeks.
World Concern Relief Director Kelly Miller explains: "Our goal had been to get the camp up and running by Tuesday, but incredibly high winds just kept blowing the tents away. We've had to just focus on setting up shelters for families as they arrive. So far, we've been able to meet the needs, but we're hoping that today's break in weather will allow us to finish preparing the camp."

World Concern is working closely with other international and local partners to manage the food sector of a camp being established for third-country nationals (TCNs) who have been working and living in Iraq.

World Concern's Middle East relief response is currently funded solely by private donations. Seattle-based World Concern has been providing life, opportunity and hope to families in need worldwide since 1955. For more information or to make a donation, please call (800) 755-5022 or visit www.worldconcern.org. Gifts by check or money order can also be mailed to World Concern, Iraq Refugee Relief, 19303 Fremont Ave. N., Seattle, WA 98133.

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Teri Johnson, Director of Media Relations
Direct: (206) 546-7386 / Toll free: (800) 755-5022
Cell: (206) 963-5988 / Email: terij@worldconcern.org