As the Syrian Border Closes, Jordanians Are Sending Trucks Full of Water and Food

Published July 2nd, 2018 - 01:23 GMT
Jordanian’s collection of donations individually on their own is believed to be triggered by news about 15 Syrian refugee dying because of harsh conditions on the northern borders. (Twitter)
Jordanian’s collection of donations individually on their own is believed to be triggered by news about 15 Syrian refugee dying because of harsh conditions on the northern borders. (Twitter)

Randa Darwish

Hundreds of Jordanians from several cities have been collecting donations of food supplies, medicine and clothes to more than 200,000 Syrian refugees stranded on the Jordan-Syria border.

Jordanian’s collection of donations individually on their own is believed to be triggered by news about 15 Syrian refugees dying because of harsh conditions on the northern border. This news has Jordanians unhappy with their government’s decision to close the borders and concern over the living conditions along the border with Syria.

The decision to close the border came at a time when forces loyal to President Bashar Assad are launching an intensified assault in the rebel-held southern city of Daraa leading thousands to flee homes toward the nearest border with Jordan. More than 214 Syrians have been killed in attacks by the Russian-backed Syrian forces in Daraa.

Footage shared on social media by people in the northern city of Ramtha showing trucks full of donations and aid while on their way to the Syrian side of the border using the hashtag: “Open the borders” that went viral on Thursday among Jordanians.

Muhammad Al-Khamaiseh tweeted an image for a truck while being prepared to be sent for refugees with a caption saying: “If you closed the borders, we will find our way to reach them. Ramtha now.”

Sham Gharaibeh, from Irbid, shared on Monday a photo for a truck in one of the northern city’s neighbourhoods that receives donations from people before heading toward the borders.

Other photos were shared from Amman, Karak and other cities showing how many Jordanians from all over the country went to donate for Syrian refugees.

Translation: “Despite their poverty, hunger and tiredness from harsh their harsh lives, the great Jordanian people are helping Syrians and did not leave them alone.”

Translation: “What do pride and magnanimity mean? It means that images for a Syrian woman waving with her empty water bottle went viral yesterday, which lef men from Mafraq, Ramtha and Irbid to send refugees large amounts of water and bread. More than 20 trucks arrived to the Syrian border, it was all prepared by honoured people of Jordan.”

Mohammed Al-Ersan, a Jordanian journalist tweeted an image for people while filling a truck with food for refugees.

Translation: “Food aid continues in Jordanian cities to help displaced Syrians from Daraa.”

Footage for tons of bread collected from donations were also shared on social media.

Translation: “Jordanians help for displaced Syrians at the border.”

Other activists went to post numbers of people organizing campaigns to collect donations from all cities.

Several videos were shared by refugees on the Syrian side of borders for families chanting: “Jordan, open the border”. Other footage showed family men begging authorities to open borders and take their children and women at least grousing the hot sun, lack of food, water and their children basic needs.

Translation: "Humanity must be above everything. Be merciful with those on Earth and God will be merciful with you."

As Prime Minister Omar Razzaz visited the northern border on Sunday, he later announced a national aid campaign to relieve the suffering of Syrians inside their country. On his Twitter account, Razzaz announced launching the campaign saying it will be administered by the Jordan Hashemite Charity Organisation to unify all relief efforts and sending urgent assistance to the “Syrian brothers inside their country”.

Meanwhile, the Jordanian government and Minister of Foreign Affairs, Ayman Safadi, confirmed they are going to hold talks with Russia during the week over the situation in southern Syria and the humanitarian situation at borders. Safadi is set to meet  his Russian counterpart Sergey Lavrov in Moscow to discuss developments in Daraa province near the borders.


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