UN worried over health hazards in Syrian refugee camps

UN expresses concern over health situation causing what it calls ‘a humanitarian disaster’ in Syrian refugee camps in Jordan

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Updated Jul 28, 2015

A potential humanitarian disaster Syrian refugees in camps in Jordan during the month of Ramadan, according to the regional adviser and coordinator of the UN’s Jordanian emergency food programme.

The adviser warned of inadequate resources to meet refugee needs from financial allocations in terms of medication and food.

"The amount needed by the World Food Program in Jordan for the next three months is 41 million US dollars, we have got only four million dollars, Syrian refugees in Jordan need up to 15 million US dollars a month," said Jonathan Campbell, the UN advisor.

He added that WFP was forced earlier this year to reduce the value of the coupons provided to Syrian refugees from twenty Jordanian dinars (US $28.25) to 13 dinars (US $18.4) per person per month, due to a lack of funding, and that the reduction has continued over the past month, reaching a value of only ten dinars ($14).

Campbell explained that the reduction has had alarming effects on refugees, particularly children, especially as assessments and surveys conducted during 2015 showed that one family out of every three families have withdrawn their children from school.

Also 13 percent of children are in employment, which is in violation of the law, according to Campbell, who said that "this lost generation eventually will become a burden on Syria."

According to official statistics there are 1,000,388 Syrians in Jordan, 750,000 of them entered the country before the start of the conflict in Syria by virtue of demographic and geographic proximity.

Jordan has the largest camps for Syrian refugees including the "Zaatari" camp, home for more than a hundred thousand refugees, while the rest are distributed over various Jordanian cities and villages.

TRTWorld and agencies