AMMAN – Japan has given a ¥1 billion grant to Jordan to minimize the impact of hosting hundreds of thousands of refugees from the civil war in neighboring Syria.
“The grant seeks to ease the burdens that Jordan shoulders in hosting the Syrian refugees,” Jordan’s planning ministry said in a statement Sunday.
“It comes as Jordan faces economic and social challenges due to the political situation in the region,” it quoted Planning Minister Ibrahim Saif as saying.
The funds will be used to buy water and sewage tankers, and to pay for waste management in communities hosting refugees.
Jordan has repeatedly called for more international aid to help it deal with the flood of humanity. The kingdom is home to at least 500,000 Syrian refugees, including more than 100,000 in the northern Zaatari camp near the border. It says the influx has placed a huge burden on already overstretched water and power supplies as well as housing and education, while unemployed Jordanians face tough competition from Syrians for jobs.
King Abdullah II said Sunday the problem is depleting Jordan of its scarce natural resources. He called for international assistance to deal with the problem.
The Jordanian government said Japan provided more than $273 million between 2007 and 2012 to help fund development projects.