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September 10,2012  
 
 
  1. Recent Developments:
 
- UNHCR in Jordan has said there are around 30,000 Syrian refugees in Zaatari camp. More than 83,000 refugees are registered and waiting for registration. Meanwhile, some 240 caravans are being set up in the camp and many families were transported to these caravans. The agency is still waiting for a Saudi grant to fund 2500 trailers to be installed in the camp before the winter season that is expected soon. More than 200,000 Syrian refugees are currently residing in Jordan .
   
- Jordan has repatriated 40 Syrian families upon their request this week, according to official sources. Those were transferred to the border crossing in line with requests they filed last month. They attributed their desire to return to their war-torn homeland to a variety of factors ranging from the presence of family members back home, to check on properties and to the inability to cope with camp conditions.
   
- Schools will be built for Syrian children at the Zaatari Refugee Camp, under an agreement signed by the Bahraini Royal Charity Organization and the Jordan Hashemite Charity Organization. The planned compound will comprise four mobile schools that can host up to 4,000 students in accordance with Ministry of Education standards. Until the school buildings are ready, the students will attend classes in tents. Registration of 520 students at Zaatari started on Sunday and will run until the end of this week, according to UNICEF which will cover the cost of the schools and the salaries of the ministry’s teachers. There are around 5,000 children at school age in the camp.
   
- Several cases of communicable diseases have been detected among Syrians in Zaatari camp, health ministry officials said. The ministry is conducting medical checkups in the camp to prevent the spread of communicable diseases among Syrians. Some 18 cases of TB as well as two suspected cases of hepatitis, typhoid, diarrhoea have been detected and reported over the past 10 days. In addition to the 25,000 Syrian children under the age of five that have been inoculated over the past two months, another 251 children of other ages have been vaccinated against different diseases. The majority of refugees are either injured, or old with chronic diseases.
   

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UNHCR finalized an agreement with a German firm to introduce dozens of communal kitchens to Zaatari camp and enable Syrian families to finally serve up their favourite dishes.This move is designed to move away from the stereotypical pre-packaged food handouts and provide Syrians with fresh ingredients in a bid to encourage self sufficiency and bring back some normalcy to the lives of refugees.
   
   2. Caritas Response:
 

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Caritas Center in Zarqa registered 11 more children for its non- formal education project. Currently, there are 100 children who are enrolled in the activities. Positive feedbacks from children and parents were received about the implementation of the project.

   

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A total of 650 Food voucher distributions for Syrian families of 4 or more members carried out as follows:
   
 
   

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Caritas Jordan – Emergency response for the displaced Syrians for the upcoming period till the end of 2012 will be as follows:

 
   
  2. Additional comments/Remarks
 

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Germany will provide Jordan with 2 million euros in additional support to aid the kingdom in hosting Syrian refugees. The German government has so far provided over 30 million euros in aid linked to the crisis in Syria.

   

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USAID will offer 21 million dollars in support of WFP program in Syria and the neighbouring countries. Around 14.3 million dollars of the total amount will be allocated to serve those affected by the conflict in Syria who need food assistance while 6.7 million dollars will be allocated to support displaced Syrians in the neighbouring countries.

   

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Denmark said it plans to increase the aid provided to help Syrian refugees in Jordan. The assistance aims to enhance the infrustracture of Zaatari camp and support the offered services in it.

   

In an attempt to bring normalcy to the Syrian refugees difficult living conditions in the camp, a first marriage ceremony took place and was attended by a number of refugees and represenatives of organizations and camp administration.

   

Health Minister inaugurated medical clinics in Zaatari camp set up by Saudi Arabia.

   

A nearly two-thirds majority of Jordanians favour closing the kingdom borders to more Syrian refugees as those are placing increased pressure on economic resources and public services such as water and electricity as well as posing a threat to national security and stability.The survey polled 1800 Jordanians over 18 and a smaller group of 700 opinion leaders such as political figures, academicians and journalists.

   

 

 

 
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