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Washington: Syria’s environment is still not conducive to the return of refugees

Amman Today

publish date 2021-11-19 20:25:00

On Friday, during her visit to the Zaatari camp for Syrian refugees in Jordan, the US Ambassador to the United Nations, Linda Thomas Greenfield, considered that the current environment in Syria was “not conducive” to the return of refugees.

“It is indisputable that the current environment (in Syria) is not conducive to return,” Greenfield told reporters during a tour of the camp (85 km north-east of Amman), which hosts about 80,000 Syrian refugees.

“The refugees’ ultimate goal is to return home, I know that is their ultimate goal,” she added. What I heard today is that people are still afraid of the situation in Syria, and they are not ready to go back.”

Greenfield toured the camp; Where I was briefed on the activities of the “Tiger” community center, which organizes training courses in the fields of English, Arabic and computer.

In the center, she saw artistic paintings drawn by refugees, and handicrafts, in addition to a small studio to teach children to draw, and spoke to several girls about the training they receive at the center before they wandered in the market inside the camp and ate “falafel.”

She said, “The most important thing that I learned from this visit is that the international community must be vigilant in ensuring the safe and voluntary return of any refugee, in a manner that preserves his dignity.”

She expressed her appreciation for “Jordan’s tremendous generosity in hosting this large number of Syrian refugees, in addition to other refugees from other conflicts in the region.”

“After 10 years of war, we know that hosting hundreds of thousands of refugees is not an easy task, but we have to remember every day that they are real people, mothers, fathers, children and families and they need our support,” she added.

Jordan hosts about 650,000 Syrian refugees registered with the United Nations.

Last October, Human Rights Watch accused the Syrian army and its militias of committing violations, including arbitrary arrest and torture, against refugees who returned to their country after suffering in the countries of asylum to which they fled; To escape the battles and bombardments.

The Syrian conflict, since its outbreak in March 2011, has caused the displacement and displacement of more than half of the population inside and outside the country, including more than 6.6 million refugees, who fled mainly to neighboring countries, Lebanon, Jordan and Turkey.

(AFP)

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