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.
Above: Zaatari refugee camp’s growth between 2012 and 2015
Above: 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.
Syrian refugees ride bicycles at a market at Zaatari refugee camp Picture: Raad Adayleh/AP
Syrian 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.
An aerial view shows the Zaatari refugee camp on July 18, 2013Picture: Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images