EU humanitarian program launched in response to Syria crisis

A group of leading relief organizations has launched a two-year EU-funded humanitarian program in response to the Syrian crisis, in a bid to ease tension among the refugees and host communities in Jordan and neighboring countries.

The program seeks to empower young refugees in Jordan, Lebanon and Iraq, as well as minimize the risk of extremism by gearing them up for occupational skills and education, a move that would bring young people together.

A number of Jordanian institutions will participate in the program which is financed by the European Union’s Madad Fund.

Alexis Adam de Matharel, who heads up Youth Resolve consortium, said: “Young people often flee violence in Syria, only to find new types of social conflict and troubles in their new country.” “An influx of so many millions of refugees has caused huge strain on infrastructure and also fractured many parts of society with tensions boiling over,” he added.

In Jordan, the Generations for Peace, Questscope and World Vision will provide a range of programs including remedial classes, informal education, livelihoods, and working to support young people.

Source: Jordan News Agency