08 Sep 2020
On Tuesday, UNHCR has said that there have been two confirmed coronavirus cases in the Azraq camp for Syrian refugees in Jordan. Over 40,000 people who have fled the Syrian war live in the camp. In a statement the UN refugee agency highlighted that “it is a reminder that everyone has been affected by this epidemic, and solutions must be addressed through international solidarity and cooperation”. Since the war broke out in 2011, more than 5.5 million Syrians have fled the country. Most settle in neighbouring countries where they often live in close quarters and struggle to make ends meet. Lockdowns associated with the virus have damaged the region’s economies, adding to the challenges that refugees face to find work and have the chance to meet their own needs and rebuild their futures. The Mosaic Initiative team calls to the international community, and our team, to formulate creative and durable solutions for refugees to access employment opportunities. This is needed now more than ever. Let’s think together.