The latest UNHCR data shows that Jordan is host to 659,673 registered Syrian refugees (about 2,200 less than in the same period one year ago) and that in addition to Turkey, it is the country with the largest number of refugees per capita in the world (89 refugees per 1,000 inhabitants). An indirect consequence of the armed conflicts in Syria is the extensive contamination of the areas with mines, ERW and other unexploded ordnance. ERW contamination is one of the most urgent factors preventing and hindering the safe return of refugees to their home environment. With the recent voluntary repatriation of Syrian refugees, the needs for a safe return are more important than ever. The presence of COVID-19 pandemic in Jordan deteriorates the humanitarian situation even more and requires additional efforts to improve their livelihoods.
What we do
Mine Risk Education
The aim of the project in 2021 and 2022 is to raise awareness of the risks and dangers of mines/ERW, to promote safe behaviour among a target group of approximately 12,000 Syrian refugees, children and adults, living in Irbid Province, Jordan, and to minimise the number of potential victims of mines/ERW upon returning to their home country. In addition, Syrian refugees will also receive basic education on preventing the spread of infectious diseases (COVID-19).