Syria’s escalating refugee crisis means that Jordan is crying out for help

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Jordan is desperate. In January, $1.5bn was pledged to provide aid for Syrian refugees at the UN summit in Kuwait. Three months later, only a fraction has been delivered and there is no definite plan in place for funding from the end of June. As the situation inside the Za’ateri refugee camp deteriorates, pressure from outside the camp, both from within Jordan and abroad, is escalating dangerously. Only last month, the UN warned that unless funding for Syrian refugees “comes rapidly, urgently needed support could be denied to refugees in dire need”. Many of the organisations currently providing aid in the camp may have to withdraw. It is expected that the number of Syrian refugees in…

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