A desperate and largely unknown humanitarian crisis is deteriorating in the Lake Chad Basin region of West Africa, forcing millions of people to flee their homes and leaving millions more in need of humanitarian assistance. Oxfam is providing life-saving support but help is urgently needed to prevent the crisis turning into a catastrophe.
Oxfam concerned at violence and unrest in Zaatari camp
"Oxfam is deeply concerned at reports of violence in Zaatari refugee camp in Jordan on Saturday, 5 April. Reports indicate a number of police were injured and possibly many more refugees, and one refugee has been confirmed dead," said Andy Baker, who is heading Oxfam's response to the Syria crisis.
"There should be prompt investigations by camp authorities into the incidents of violence and the causes of the unrest, and refugees should be consulted and informed on methodology and progress."
There has been a significant recent increase in arrivals, a result of intensified fighting in Syria, and there are long-standing tensions in the camp, which hosts 106,000 refugees. The incidents this weekend are the first serious disturbances in the camp since summer 2013.
The Jordanian government and host communities have been generous in hosting over 600,000 refugees fleeing the conflict in Syria. The international community and humanitarian and development agencies must support the government of Jordan to develop and implement a comprehensive strategy for ensuring the rights of refugees are protected and they can access sufficient assistance, while also supporting vulnerable Jordanian households.
Formore information or to arrange interviews please contact Ruba Saqr in Amman, on +962 (0) 6 569 3366
Notes to editors
Oxfam has helped an estimated 900,000 people affected by the Syria crisis across Syria, Lebanon and Jordan. Oxfam provides water and sanitation, and promotes hygiene in several districts of Zaatari camp to approximately 23,000 refugees.