UNOPS

18/06/2015

Press release: Japan provides vehicles to Jordan’s Syrian Refugee Affairs Directorate

AMMAN – Building on Japan’s continuing support to Jordan, 31 vehicles were handed over to the Syrian Refugees Affairs Directorate (SRAD) in a ceremony held in Azraq Refugee Camp, in the presence of the Embassy of Japan and UNOPS officials.

This support is being provided as part of a larger project to improve safety and security for Syrian refugees in Azraq, implemented by UNOPS on behalf of the Government of Japan and in partnership with SRAD. The project aims to support the Government of Jordan in providing safety and security to Syrian refugees and Jordanian host communities.

The handover ceremony was attended by: the Ambassador of Japan His Excellency Mr. Shuichi Sakurai; Governor of Zarqa His Excellency Mr. Adel Al-Rawsan; Director of Syrian Refugees Affairs Directorate Major General Waddah M. Hmoud; Public Security Director's Assistant for Planning and Management Brigadier Dawood Hakouz; Head of the Zarqa Police Brigadier Waleed Hani Al-Ansari; Azraq Camp Manager Colonel Atef Al-Amoosh; the Director of UNOPS office in Amman Ms. Bana Kaloti; the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR); and other senior officials of the Government, along with partner agencies operating in the camp.

Azraq Refugee Camp is managed by the Government of Jordan through the SRAD, in coordination with UNHCR.

"The Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan has been bearing the burden of the effects of the Syrian crisis," noted Major General Hmoud, adding: "We urge the international community to carry out its responsibilities towards the Syrian refugees, provide the necessary support, and to intensify protection and relief efforts. We extend our sincere gratitude to the Government of Japan and the Japanese people for their aid and assistance, and we also thank UNOPS for implementing projects that aim to serve the Syrian refugees in Jordan."

In a speech delivered at the ceremony, His Excellency Mr. Sakurai expressed hope that "the vehicles handed over today would contribute to maintaining security and safety for Syrian refugees and staff working in Azraq Camp."

The Government of Japan has provided $1.4 million to UNOPS through this project, in support of the SRAD.

"This project is very important in terms of ensuring that SRAD will be able to continue to provide adequate security to refugees and host communities, as well as to the humanitarian agencies supporting the response to the crisis," added Ms. Kaloti.

UNOPS has been supporting the Government of Jordan's response to the Syrian refugee crisis since 2013, with projects both inside and outside refugee camps.

The Government of Jordan currently hosts over 628,000 registered Syrian refugees, and estimates there are now over 1.4 million Syrians in the country in total. The SRAD is responsible for the security, administration and internal matters of Syrian refugees in Jordan. It also coordinates with the Ministry of Planning and International Cooperation on assistance and relations with international organizations assisting Syrian refugees.

 

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