The royal couple saw first hand the situation that faces the hundreds of thousands of people fleeing the war-torn country as the conflict enters its third year. The camp, run by the United Nations, UNICEF and Save the Children, is home to about 1,000 people who have fled the two-year Syrian civil war. Britain’s Prince Charles and his wife, Camilla came face to face with the huge human cost of the conflict in Syria.
Jordan has been receiving about 7,000 new refugees a day, according to UNICEF. While at the camp, children sang to the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall.
Charles described the plight of Syrian refugees as “heartbreaking” as he toured the King Abdullah Park camp near the Syrian border, which is home to just under 1,000 people who have fled their homes.
Their visit comes on the same day Save the Children issued a report saying that more than 2 million children have been afflicted by trauma, malnutrition or disease during the Syrian civil war. The cost of war: 2 million Syrian children afflicted by trauma, disease, and malnutrition.
The horrors of war are best illustrated in the drawings.
In one sketch, a child details a helicopter and warplane firing over a tank shooting a missile. Underneath, men fire guns at each other as a stick figure lies on the ground nearby.
The Syrian civil war has taken a massive psychological and physical toll on the most innocent of victims — the children.
Speaking at the refugee camp headquarters after meeting with UN staff, he said: “Many of these children have been traumatized by the horrors of what they’ve witnessed before they got here,” he said.
The war has interfered with vaccination efforts across the country, the group said. About two-thirds of Syrian children lack vaccinations for preventable diseases, according to the group’s report.
“Some of them have lost their parents and had horrendous experiences and it is remarkable what all these wonderful NGOs (non-governmental organizations) are doing to deal with this unbelievable and heartbreaking situation.
In addition, one in three children have been injured in the warfare, the report said
More than 2 million Syrian children have been afflicted by trauma, malnutrition or disease, the aid group Save the Children said in a report Wednesday.The fighting has left one in three kids with injuries. And it has decimated vaccination programs across the country, with about two-thirds of children in northern Syria without protection against preventable diseases.
”In some ways children are quite adaptable and resilient but at the same time one of their teachers was telling me that just looking at trees reminded them of where they have been.
“The hope is that they will get back there again.”
Ahmad Shihadeh died while providing humanitarian assistance to residents of the city, where he also lived, the EU said.
Camilla said she too had found the experience quite heartbreaking.
“Seeing all these children, some of them have lost their parents and been adopted by others, I feel it is quite heartbreaking,” she said.
“They are doing a fantastic job.”
Lebanese Prime Minister Najib Mikati urged Arab states to help Lebanon cope with the rising numbers of Syrian refugees flooding to the country and stretchingits scare resources.
Mikati said Lebanon will need at least $370 million in support this year under the current conditions.
Mikati said hospitals were full of Syrians, the sick and wounded from the civil war next door, and doctors were struggling to prevent outbreaks of disease among 340,000 refugees crammed into host communities around the country.
The camp, run by the United Nations, Unicef and Save the Children, is currently home to 921 refugees, of whom 529 are aged under 18.
Saba Mobaslat, 41, the programme director for Save the Children in Jordan, said the children at the camp are bussed to local schools to continue their education but go to the children’s centre every day for therapy sessions.
The UN agency and the Jordanian Ministry of Health are also undertaking a vaccination programme against polio and measles, and ensuring sanitation in the camps to keep diseases at bay.
Lebanon also faces rising crime, added Mikati. He said 700 Syrians were caught breaking the law in January, a high figure in a country of 4 million, and the influx of refugees into Lebanese homes had brought with it social problems including child marriage.
“We are coming to a very critical point,” Mikati told Reuters in an interview.
“We need help. Lebanon is bearing the burden of the events in Syria,” he said. “We ask Arab countries to look supportively and sympathetically at Lebanon, because Lebanon needs these countries right now.”
Charles added that he had been struck by the generosity of the Jordanian people.
“I think the great thing that’s come out of this is just how unbelievably generous the Jordanian people are, who are truly remarkable I think.
”They’ve managed to cope with and deal with all these hundreds of thousands of refugees and it’s very nearly the second anniversary.
“It’s a desperate situation and the Jordanian people are so fantastic.
The United States has already provided about $385 million in humanitarian assistance, with a further $115 in non-lethal aid.