Zaatari Camp, Al Mafraq, Jordan -
In the Jordanian desert, 10 kilometers from the Syrian border lies a refugee camp known
as Zaatari. It is home to over 110,000 displaced people who have fled the war in Syria
since July 2012. Most of these refugees are from the southern region of Daraa where the
fighting has been among the worst seen in the Syrian Civil War that has dragged on for
more than three years. The Free Syrian army opposed to Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad
enjoys widespread support in the camp, which is located in the backyard of the regime's
capital. Conditions here are harsh with freezing winters and boiling hot summers.
However, the people here remain hopeful and display a remarkable resiliency, wishing
only for a swift end to the war. However there is no sign that such an end is coming soon.
Zaatari has become Jordans fourth largest city and the second largest refugee camp in the world.
During three years of conflict, more than 2.8 million Syrians have fled their country, with nearly 600,000 of them heading to Jordan, mostly women and children.
Photo shows: Men pray the Friday noon prayer outside of a crowded makeshift mosque. There are approximately 27 mosques inside the camp.
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