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A humane country

Mar 21,2017 - Last updated at Mar 21,2017

Jordan is truly to be admired for taking in the many refugees escaping wars in their countries.

My experiences in Jordan began in the early 1950s when working with the Mennonite Central Committee on the West Bank, when the West Bank was still a part of Jordan.

There were approximately 700,000 Palestinian refugees. I worked with refugees outside Jericho. 

In Aqaba Jabber Camp, there were about 38,000 refugees living in clay huts side by side. I assisted in clothing distribution.

All people should have an opportunity to see and visit these camps to see and feel the situation of their inhabitants.

To make matters worse, this and other nearby camps, such as Ein Sultan, were evacuated in the 1967 war, whereby Israel captured the West Bank, and many refugees fled eastwards across the Jordan River into Jordan.

The Iraqi war and the continuing conflict in Syria made more refugees, approximately 800,000 from each conflict, who all settled in Jordan.

Many nations refused to take in refugees or took only small numbers.

It is indeed humane to take in refugees. King Abdullah deserves to be nominated for the Noble Peace Prize.

 

Marlow Ediger,

US

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YES WE ALL ADMIRE JORDAN FOR TAKING A MORAL GROUND IN TAKING REFUGEES AND CARING FOR THEM. GIVEN THIS RECORD, WHY THEN DOES THE JORDANIAN GOVERNMENT TREAT THEIR FOREIGN IN LAWS, THEIR FAMILIES AND MOST OF ALL THEIR GRAND CHILDREN FROM FOREING FATHERS BEING REGARDED AS OUTLAWS, OUTCASTS AND ALLIEN IN THEIR OWN COUNTRY NO MATTER HOW YOU THE BOUNDRIES OF CITIZENSHIPS.

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