A tale of two cities: Za’atari refugee camp and the village on the other side

A tale of two cities: Za’atari refugee camp and the village on the other side

by #ameje17 caar delegate alyssia tennant

When Za’atari refugee camp opened in Jordan in 2012, its population was in the hundreds. With thousands of refugees crossing the border each night, the camp doubled in size almost immediately and continued to grow at an alarming rate. Today, Za’atari is one of the largest refugee camps in the world, and a temporary home for over 80,000 refugees forced to flee the ongoing violence in Syria. Less well known, and less than a kilometre from the camp, is a village of the same name.