5,000 babies born in Jordan's largest camp for Syrian refugees: UN
Syrian Abo Mohammed, 35, from Daraa, holds his 3 day old baby Abd al Ilah, inside their tent, as the mother Omm Mohammed sits, at the Zaatari Refugee Camp, in Mafraq, Jordan, Tuesday April 22, 2014. (AP/Mohammad Hannon)
The Associated Press
Published Tuesday, March 1, 2016 12:37PM EST
ZAATARI REFUGEE CAMP, Jordan -- The UN Population Fund says its clinic in Jordan's largest camp for Syrian refugees has safely delivered more than 5,000 babies since opening in 2013.
Daniel Baker, the fund's regional humanitarian co-ordinator, says the clinic also offers family planning, including spacing of births, but that the pace of deliveries has been steady.
He says the clinic hit the mark of 5,000 births several days ago.
The Zaatari camp, home to about 79,000 refugees, was established in 2012, a year after the outbreak of the Syria conflict. Jordan houses a total of 635,000 Syrian refugees, out of 4.7 million in the region.
Many Zaatari residents come from rural areas with traditionally large families. Refugees live in trailers and survive on cash and food aid. Jordan bars most refugees from legal work.