The sprawling Zaatari refugee camp in Jordan is the one of the largest in the world, housing over 115,000 people. The makeshift town is the same size as Jordan’s fifth-largest city.
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry toured the camp on Thursday, a sprawling mesh of trailers and tents for Syrians whose flight from civil war is straining their host country. The refugee flow, at times as high as 4,000 a day, is draining Jordan’s water and energy resources, driving up the cost of food and housing for its citizens, and increasing competition for jobs.
“The stories I just heard, the people I just met, underscore the human side of this crisis,” Kerry said as he was leaving the camp, home to 115,000 people. The United Nations estimates that almost 500,000 people have crossed into Jordan to escape fighting.
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