9 May 2013: More than 1.2 million Syrians have fled to neighbouring countries since the beginning of the Syrian crisis in March 2011. As the emergency intensified, the number of Syrian refugees seeking shelter in Jordan has increased significantly. Some 155,000 refugees arrived in Jordan in the first three months of 2013. As of 31 March 2013, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) estimated that about 390,000 people were waiting to register in Jordan. Among these, more than 50 per cent are children.
The Za’atari refugee camp, established in July 2012, has reached its maximum capacity of 120,000 refugees. It is therefore critical to establish a second camp to shelter the rapidly increasing number of Syrian refugees.
The Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) has provided a rapid response grant of US$9.8 million to two UN agencies to establish a new refugee camp near Azraq, in central-eastern Jordan.
With an allocation of $4.9 million, UNHCR will provide core-relief items for new arrivals to the new camp, including non-food items and emergency shelter tents. Working with implementing partners, UNHCR will provide humanitarian assistance to each Syrian refugee family.
The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has received $4.9 million to provide water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) facilities. The funds will enable UNICEF to drill two boreholes, connect to water storage tanks, distribute pipes and tap stands, install latrines and showers and distribute WASH family kits.
The allocations are expected to help 50,000 people, rising to a total occupancy of the new camp of 110,000 by the end of 2013.