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Inside the largest Syrian refugee camp – Zaatari camp three years on

Zaatari refugee camp has just had its three year anniversary. What started as a cluster of UNHCR (United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees) tents turned into the ninth biggest city in Jorday with over 81,000 inhabitants.

zaatari-camp-growt_3397373kAbove: Zaatari refugee camp’s growth between 2012 and 2015

2015-Syrian-Zaatar_3397426kAbove: A Syrian refugee boy plays with a tire at Zaatari refugee camp, in Mafraq  Picture: Raad Adayleh/AP

The camp was constructed by the Government of Jordan and international agencies as part of a massive emergency response after the civil war started in 2011.

zaatari-2015-Syria_3397425kSyrian refugees ride bicycles at a market at Zaatari refugee camp  Picture: Raad Adayleh/AP

zaatari-2015-newbo_3397518kSyrian refugee Maan Turkman, 31, holds her twin boys Mohammed, left, and Ahmed, at a maternity clinic in Zaatari refugee campPicture: Raad Adayleh/AP

Due to the unplanned nature of the camp’s growth services are unevenly distributed across its vast expanse. For many residents, accessing basic services is a daily challenge as health and education services can be far away from where they live.

zaatari-refugee-ca_3397466kAn aerial view shows the Zaatari refugee camp on July 18, 2013Picture: Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images




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