by Neil Sammonds
Syria Researcher at Amnesty International
Refugees escaping the conflict in Syria have led to Za'atri refugee camp in Jordan becoming the world's second largest refugee camp in the world.
Twelve kilometres south of the border with Syria lies the Za’atri refugee camp in Jordan. Over 130,000 refugees, who have fled the conflict in Syria, live here in a 7km-wide stretch on this otherwise lifeless desert plain, in a mix of makeshift emergency tents and mobile homes or “caravans”.
In the blinding sunlight, a young woman wearing a black abaya squeezes herself and a baby into a half-metre strip of shade beside a white wall. Dust clouds, kicked up by the wind or passing lorries, sweep across the barren landscape.
Most of the refugees have brought little more than what they could carry and the memories of the oppression and armed conflict in Syria.
Some show us the battered and broken shoes and sandals in which they made the arduous trek to Jordan.