Hopes of return fade in Jordan’s Zaatari refugee camp

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The flow of goods in and out of al-Zaatari is constant. The 80,000 or so residents of the refugee camp have built a veritable city in the middle of Jordan’s desert. And like any other city, its needs are immense. For all the incoming goods, the one thing you will never see coming into al-Zaatari is cement. Al-Zaatari is meant to be a temporary solution. And its structures reflect that. The Syrian refugees who populate the camp live in metal caravans, designed to last no longer than six years. Its roads remain unpaved. It is with some reluctance then, that the residents of al-Zaatari will mark …

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