Jordan’s rural poor chafe under the burden of hosting Syrian refugees | Al Jazeera America

21 Oct 2013   Jordan, Syria

Syria’s War Locals say that municipal water had previously been pumped through the village twice a week, but since the influx of Syrians, it’s just once a week — and they blame the Syrians for the rationing. There’s not enough water as it is in this country, one of the world’s driest, and now there are more people sharing what little is available. There are other pressures, too. Many of the schools in Zaatari village and its surroundings run double shifts to accommodate the increased number of students. Local health centers have seen a 30 to 40 percent increase in their case load, according to Madallah al-Khalde, the head of Zaatari’s development council who also heads the charitable Zaatari Association that has aided needy locals for almost three decades. “This area was poor already,” Khalde says, “now it’s a disaster area because of the large numbers of Syrian refugees.” […]

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