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Supporting Syrian refugees in Jordan thanks to UK aid and UNHCR

Nemer and his family fled from Syria in 2015. They are now in the Azraq refugee camp, about 30 miles from the border in the Jordanian desert.


Nemer explains what happened to them: "On the 31st of October, at approximately 9 at night, our neighbourhood was shelled", he says.


"Most of us were asleep at the time. We went out to see what was going on. We saw explosions. It was very frightening.


"Everyone decided that we had to leave right then.


"We took the children and we left with nothing. Without clothes, without anything. We fled towards the desert.


"We walked for approximately 30 kilometres and then a car came along and gave us a lift. We spent two days on the road towards the Jordanian border. We found shelter at the border.


"We didn’t know what to expect when we first came here. We didn’t know this is how the accommodation was going to be.


"We received furniture, blankets, kitchen utensils, lights and a heater. We receive periodical packages of foodstuffs and some financial assistance as well.


"The most important thing is our children’s education. For the kids to go back to school and for the situation to get better. They can go to school every day here.


"We were in a really bad situation before. At least here we are safe."


His wife adds, "Winter clothing was the priority for the family, for our children and us to stay safe and warm.


"Then school and education for the children and jobs for my husband and me.


"We don’t know what the situation is in Syria at the moment. "


"But we do hope to go back home to our families one day."


Nemer and his family have been supported by UNHCR, the UN refugee agency, and other agencies.


The UK provides funding towards UNHCR's work in Jordan to give shelter, relief items and protection services to those most in need. UK support to UNHCR Jordan in 2016/17 totalled £8.5 million.


The UK has committed over £2.3 billion in humanitarian aid in response to the conflict in Syria since 2012.


This includes allocations to over 30 implementing partners

(including United Nations agencies, international non-governmental organisations and the Red Cross) and is helping to meet the immediate needs of vulnerable people in Syria and of refugees in the region.


Our support is reaching millions of people and has saved lives in Syria, Jordan, Lebanon, Turkey, Iraq and Egypt.


Picture: Russell Watkins/DFID

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Taken on February 2, 2017