Some 115,000 Syrians have fled fighting in their country to seek shelter in neighbouring
Jordan and more are arriving every day. The Hashemite Kingdom already hosts some 100,000
Iraqi refugees. Caritas Jordan says some 200-300 Syrians are coming across the border
each day, many from the border town of Dar’a and from Homs which has seen some of
the worst violence since the uprising began last year.
The Catholic aid agency
is working in collaboration with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees,
UNHCR, and other charities to distribute clothing, cookware, items for personal hygiene
and other products. Caritas also assists the refugees in providing education for
children and health care.
Gaby Daw, Project creation and funding coordinator
for Caritas Jordan told Vatican Radio that most of the families are Muslim, he says,
but that doesn’t stop them from knocking on the doors of churches as well as mosques
in search of help. While some Jordanians are frustrated by the added burden the refugees
place on their society, many he says, have responded generously by opening their homes
to and sharing their food with the refugees.
Listen to Tracey McClure’s interview
with Gaby Daw: