EP Delegation on Refugees from Syria in Jordan:(recorded on Tuesday 12/02)
- visit to the Amman Registration Centre, UNCHR
- visit of the refugee camp Za'atri, Al Mafraq
- statement by Dominique HYDE, Unicef
End production: 12/02/2013 First transmission: 12/02/2013
A delegation of four MEPs of the Committee of Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs has traveled to Jordan this week to meet the refugees who fled the conflict in Syria. The aim of this visit is to assess the refugee crisis and to evaluate the help that can be offered by the EU. There, the delegation met with Paul STROMBERG, Assistant Representative of the UNHCR; and visited the Amman Registration Centre and the refugee camp of Za'atri, at 12 km from the Syrian border; in Al Mafraq. The delegation visits the area in this moment that Jordan is receiving, according to a report of the UN Refugee Agency, a massive increase of refugee arrivals: more than 242,000 Syrians are registered or awaiting registration in Jordan, and the daily number is expected to increase steadily. In an EP debate on 12 December 2012, MEPs called on the EU to show solidarity and come to the aid of Syrian refugees, instead of leaving all of them to Syria's neighbours. So far, the numbers of applications have remained relatively moderate in the EU. However, the EC has encouraged member states to consider assigning places within their national quotas to refugees originating from Syria.
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||General views of the streets with refugees queuing in front of the UNHCR office in Amman (3 shots)
||Views inside the UNHCR, waiting area before registration;
||MEP’s speaking with UNHCR representatives about the refugees incoming daily flux (3 shots);
||Map with the refuges camps (2 shots)
|| View during the meeting with the UNHCR representatives
|| Car view with refugee camp of Al Mafraq (2 shots)
||Delegation entering the camp, spooking with UNHCR and NGO’s representatives (3 shots)
||Food distribution area, refugees queuing (8 shots)
||Views inside the camp school (2.000 children’s are now going in to the school classes) (3 shots)
||EU delegation visiting the class , talking with children (3 shots)
||SOUNDBITE (English),Dominique HYDE, UNICEF representative :
Everyday the number of refugees is increasing and we know that more of 60% of them are children. So that means we have to increase the number of schools in the camp. This is one school, but we have two other schools on the construction.
||Cutaway monitors and children playing
||SOUNDBITE (English),Dominique HYDE, UNICEF representative:
Right now, this a bit the only hope for these children, as the situation worsted in Syria. This children are styl hoping to go back one day , the families are hopping to go back one day, and education is that hope.
|| SOUNDBITE (English),Dominique HYDE, UNICEF representative
Children around the world need this, including the Syrian refugees , but the needs are huge: we need more desks, we need more books, we need to pay teachers salaries, we need to continuing to build new schools”.
||SOUNDBITE (English) Juan Fernando LOPEZ AGUILAR (S&D, ES) Head of Delegation
Those thousands of children who are here , all need an international community witch stands on its name and will provide not only humanitarian aid on the spot, but also some hope to stop those brutal regimes , not only stopped, but brought to justice”.
||General view in the school camp area, children playing (3 shots)