by #ameje17 caar delegate tom storey
The Syrian Civil War has seen record numbers of refugees crossing the border into Jordan. But another group of exiles have already been there for 50 years.
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.