The construction of the Azraq refugee camp in Jordan will be the second built to cope with the estimated 2,000 refugees a day arriving from Syria.
The nearby Za’atari camp is full and its services are overwhelmed. Azraq camp - 95km from the Syrian border - will become home to an estimated 130,000 refugees by the end of the year, making it the fifth largest population centre in Jordan.
World Vision head of Humanitarian and Emergency Affairs Anthea Spinks said refugees often have to leave everything behind, and the numbers of people pouring out of Syria were no different.
“People are fleeing from violence, leaving behind homes, family, jobs, friends and schools. Half of those fleeing Syria are children, and all the refugees need protection, water, shelter, food and health services.”
“All nations, including Australia, have obligations to care for people running from persecution and violence. World Vision's work in Jordan is helping to fulfil part of that promise.”