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9 Unbelievable Photos Of A Syrian Refugee Camp In Jordan

The Zaatari Refugee Camp, near the Jordanian city of Mafraq, currently holds an estimated 120,000 Syrian refugees making it one of Jordan’s largest cities. The camp which opened on July 28, 2012 had a planned capacity of 60,000 people.

1. The refugee camp first opened on July 28, 2012 to host Syrians fleeing the ongoing Syrian civil war:

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2. A sign posted at a perimeter fence of the Zaatari Refugee Camp, near the Jordanian city of Mafraq:

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3. The Zaatari Refugee Camp holds roughly 120,000 Syrian refugees:

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4. Some estimates put the population closer to 140,000 refugees, making it Jordan’s fourth largest city:

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5. Makeshift shops sell produce in the main thoroughfare as Syrian refugees go about their daily lives:

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6. Two boys looking at rubbish dumped in a ditch at the camp:

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7. A fire on March 8, 2013 left a 40-year-old Syrian man dead and injured two children with serious burns:

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8. About 60,000 of the camp’s residents are children, according to The Wall Street Journal:

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9. More than 500,000 Syrian refugges are currently in Jordan, according to The U.N. Refugee Agency.

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Michael Rusch is a socials editor for BuzzFeed News and is based in New York. Rusch was selected by Time as having one of the 140 Best Twitter Feeds of 2013.
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