Syrian Refugees Stranded At Jordanian Border With No Food, Little Water

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Last week, after a suicide attack, Jordan sealed its borders in an effort to heighten security measures. But now 64,000 Syrian refugees seeking sanctuary are stranded in the desert without food and with a meager water supply.


AP reports that the refugees—many of whom have awaited entry for months—are camping at the Syrian-Jordanian border. Largely at the mercy of the kingdom, the refugees have survived on rations supplied via Jordanian territory. But now the country has announced that international aid organizations must deliver provisions by different routes.

Jordanian government spokesperson Mohammed Momani tells AP, “It’s an international and a U.N. problem, and not a Jordanian one...Jordan is willing to help, but the berm [an earthen barrier] is closed.”

Since the attack last week, which killed seven Jordanian troops and wounded 13, only two water shipments have reached the refugees — less than half of what the international daily consumption standard prescribes. Jordan turned back a third water shipment, and no food whatsoever has been delivered to the camp since the borders closed.

The United Nation’s World Food Programme is sympathetic to Jordan’s desire to tighten security, but they nonetheless hope they will reopen borders to save the lives of those trapped in the no-man’s land outside. The program’s regional spokesperson, Abeer Etefa, explains to AP that “an extended closure ‘could put the lives of stranded Syrians at risk.’” Syrians have sought shelter in neighboring countries to escape the violence that has raged in their homeland since 2011.

Meanwhile, Jordan has suggested that the WFP travel through war-torn Syria in order to reach the refugee camp with provisions. They offer no sign of opening their borders in the near future.

Image via AP.



Kind of a serious/naive question. Why can’t Beyoncé, Taylor Swift, and Kayne West/Kim Kardashian take all of the money they’ve earned from product royalties in just the last month, and instead of paying for $10 million commercial performance art (vanity) pieces no one will remember in five years, more custom designer clothes, and their fifth and sixth houses, pool it together to rent a couple of planes and private ex-military pilots to do an independent one-off aid drop while the UN figures out how to get in and set up shop in the long term? Maybe they could even divert the water they use on their swimming pools to fill Kiyancé Swift-est (TM) brand commorative filtered camel packs and cubes that super-fans could also buy before and during the pay-per view benefit concert they trade Jordan for safe passage. Fans could fast 16 hours before the concert and consume the contents in solidarity. Maybe to ensure enough subscriptions they could use they’re collective influence to convince all of the celebs in Kayne’s new video to sing an acaccapella of “Lean on Me” holding hands in nude bodysuits together on stage. This way they still get the serious performance art-cred they crave as well as the profits they thought they were trading in exchange for this meaningful gesture. George Bush could use his leverage in the ME to push this through.

I would work an extra shift to pay for this experience and I really don’t care for any of them at all.