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Ground Zero - Za'atari Refugee Camp

The fourth largest city in Jordan is home to 120,000 Syrian refugees.

If the severity of a conflict can, at least in part, be measured by the number of refugees it creates, the Za'atari camp in Jordan is a disturbing reflection of just how bad the civil war in Syria has gotten: when it opened, Za'atari had just 100 families. Today, it has about 120,000 residents. Located 18 miles south of the Syrian border, it's the fourth largest city in Jordan and the second largest refugee camp in the world.


Since July 2012, when the camp was opened by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees and the Jordanian government, Za'atari has become home for the huge numbers of Syrians who’ve fled the violence and trauma of their country’s civil war since it began in March 2011.

Robert King visited the Za'atari refugee camp just 72 hours after the sarin gas attack in Damascus forced even more Syrians out of their homes.

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