ZaaTari – temporary refugee camp, which is similar to the city
ZaaTari Camp was created with the support of the UN and intended for Syrian refugees. It is located 10 kilometers east of Mafrack, in Jordan.
Due to the huge number of people living here, a very long time camp can turn into the most real city.
Occupying an area of 3.3 square kilometers, this is the second largest refugee camp. First place belongs to the Dadaab camp in the eastern part of Kenya.
Since its opening in July 2012, more than 430,000 refugees settled in the camp. It is worth noting that 83,000 people live here constantly, making ZaaTari the fourth largest city in Jordan.
All refugees live in special tents provided by the UN. In addition to tents, the UN provides the population of ZaaTari with everything necessary for full life.
There are shops, hairdressers, baths, markets and sports grounds where you can spend a monthly allowance issued by the UN.
There is a full-fledged infrastructure in the camp, which includes hospitals, schools, shops, service bureaus, police station and even travel bureaus!
As in many ordinary cities in the camp there are also their problems: gangs, criminal groups, theft and domestic violence are only a few of them.
Considering the currency turnover and the number of people permanently residing here, perhaps in a few years we will hear about the formation of a new city.