The IRC in Jordan
Hundreds of thousands of refugees are currently in Jordan. Almost all have fled ongoing violence and unrest in neighboring Syria and Iraq. Many are poor, unable to legally obtain a job, and struggle to meet their daily needs. Women, in particular, are vulnerable to exploitation and violence. The International Rescue Committee is providing humanitarian assistance, medical care and other support to the refugees.
How We Help
- The IRC began relief operations in Jordan in 2007 for refugees from Iraq. With the arrival of refugees from Syria's civil war in 2012, the IRC ramped up operations in Jordan.
- Since close to 80% of the 200,000+ Syrian refugees have settled in urban areas near the border, we have opened a satellite office in the northern city of Irbid. We have also opened two primary care clinics in the nearby cities of Mafraq and Ramtha where a combined average of 100 patients visit every day. The IRC is currently providing primary health care, free medicine at local partner pharmacies, and blankets, sleeping mats, and other essential items to thousands of Syrian refugees.
- IRC assessments have indicated that women and girls represent a refugee group at high risk. We now provide them with emotional support, pre- and post-natal care, and tangible aid such as hygiene materials, clothing and financial support.
- The IRC is also working in Jordan's Zaatari refugee camp, assisting children who arrived without close relatives. Our ultimate goal is to help reunite them with their families. In 2013 we will also be sharing our expertise in the field of protection of women and girls with other agencies at the camp.