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2014 Recap: A Dire Year for Syrian Refugees

CARE looks back on the last 12 months working with Syrian refugees. 

SYRIA: Images From Inside

An illustration of the life Syrian refugees left behind, images shared with CARE Syrian refugee volunteers, as captured by their family who have remained behind.

Young Voices From Syria

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Country Info

CARE began work in Jordan in 1948 to meet the needs of Palestinian refugees displaced with the creation of Israel. Currently, economic participation of women remains lower here than in other countries in the region despite comparatively higher educational attainment. Traditional values that restrict women’s rights are compounded by discrimination in the workplace. Jordan also has one of the lowest levels of water resource availability per capita in the world.

As the population doubles over the next two decades, water scarcity will become an even greater problem and will challenge farmers to improve food security through environmentally sustainable agricultural practices.

Jordan has been host to an estimated 450,000 refugees fleeing violence and insecurity in Iraq and 580,000 refugees to date from the Syria conflict. We are working to meet the needs of poor farmers, women, and these refugees, all affected by conflict, economic disparity, discrimination or a fragile resource base.

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Our Work in Jordan

Child Poverty

Half of all children live in poverty, spending their formative years struggling to survive.  

Market Access

More inclusive markets and access can help poor people improve their lives.

Microfinance

There’s a “savings revolution” taking place in many developing countries.

Poverty & Social Justice

Everyone in the world has the right to a life free from poverty, violence and discrimination.

Violence Against Women

Gender-based violence is one of the most pervasive and yet least-recognized human rights abuses.

Why Women & Girls?

Why does CARE fight global poverty by focusing on women and girls? Because we have to.

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Latest News from JordanSyria

“Sometimes we only had dry bread and water”: Volunteering Brings Life and Hope to Azraq Camp

CARE joins Jordanian Government, Partners to Open Azraq Refugee Camp

Jordan opens new camp to cope with increasing numbers of Syrian refugees

Azraq, Jordan - The Government of Jordan officially opened the Azraq Refugee Camp today. The camp, which is located some 100km east of Amman and 20km west of the town of Al Azraq in Zarqa Governorate, has been established to provide protection to Syrian refugees who continue to cross into Jordan in search of safety.

The opening of the camp is the latest contribution by Jordan to supporting those fleeing the violence in Syria. Other camps in Jordan include Zaatari Camp, with...

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4/25/14

Syrian Refugees in Jordan: Welcome to Azraq

Welcome to Azraq. Jordan’s soon-to-be largest refugee camp is in its final stages of being built. The new camp will provide vital life-saving assistance and protection to an initial 51,000...

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The Huffington Post - Somali Refugees Tell Syrian Children: You Are Not Alone

Three years into the conflict in Syria, more than 5 million of the country's children are living as refugees -- often in the most dire of circumstances. This week, however, some of Syria's refugee children found a wellspring of compassion from an unlikely source.

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CARE International ready to support newly arrived Syrian refugees in Azraq camp, Jordan

Amman, Jordan - CARE is ready to provide much needed support to newly arrived refugees when they reach Azraq camp, Jordan’s sixth Syrian refugee camp. Azraq camp will start receiving refugees after the 21 st of April whilst the camp’s official opening day is on the 30th of April.

There are nearly 600,000 registered Syrian refugees in Jordan, while the Government of Jordan estimates that there are one million Syrians in the country. With the Za’atari refugee camp, which currently accommodates around 100,000 refugees, running out space and the urban areas already...

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Syrian Humanitarian Crisis Growing More Dire

More than three years after the start of the Syrian war, the humanitarian plight of more than 6 million people displaced inside Syria and the 2.5 million refugees scattered in the region is growing more dismal by the day and is currently considered the worst humanitarian crisis in the world. In the latest sign of the increasingly troubled outlook, a new refugee camp is scheduled to open in Jordan later this spring. The new Azraq camp is expected to relieve some of the pressure from the sprawling Za’atari camp. Still, more than 80 percent of Syria’s refugees are not living in camps, but in...

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Urban Syrian Refugees Struggle to Make Ends Meet in Jordan

CARE releases new study on situation of urban refugees

AMMAN, Jordan (April 15, 2014 ) Half a million Syrian refugees living in urban areas in Jordan are struggling more than ever to cope with inadequate housing, high debts, rising costs of living and educational challenges for their children, CARE I has found in a new study.

According to CARE’s household assessment of more than 2,200 Syrian refugees, 90 percent of the refugees are living in debt to relatives, landlords, shopkeepers and neighbours and rents have increased by almost a third in the past...

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Interview: “Urban refugees are struggling more and more to survive”

Half a million Syrian refugees living in urban areas in Jordan are struggling more than ever to cope with inadequate housing, high debts, rising costs of living and educational challenges for their children, CARE International has found in a new study.

Beatrix Bücher, who led CARE’s new assessment on the situation of urban refugees, talks about the biggest needs of refugees, the situation of women and children and refugees’ relationship with Jordanian host communities.

Q. What is the biggest concern of Syrian refugees living in urban areas in...
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Fact Sheet

CARE Jordan – Urban Syrian refugees and vulnerable host communities - April 2014

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Lives Unseen:

Urban Syrian refugees and Jordanian host communities three years into the Syria Crisis

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Jordan: Nine out of ten Syrian refugee households report family members with medical conditions

Without further funding more and more Syrians could die of preventable and treatable diseases, warns CARE

Amman, 3 April 2014. Ahead of World Health Day (April 7) CARE International voices its concern about the deteriorating health situation of the almost 600,000 Syrian refugees living in Jordan. According to a recent assessment by CARE, Syrian refugees, living outside of camps in Jordan, are increasingly unable to cover expenses for medical treatment, in particular for chronic and other costly health conditions. “Refugees in Jordan...

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