Refugee children at the Zaatari camp for Syrian refugees on January 28 in Zaatari, Jordan.
Over the past 70 years, Jordan has welcomed refugees from war-torn geographies nearby. Many people remain in refugee settlements, but others have settled permanently in the country. The Jordanian government and its citizens -- as hospitable a people as most in the region -- bear a substantial socio-economic burden in caring for the Palestinians, Iraqis and Syrians who wind up in their midst. During a recent visit to the kingdom, where I've lived and whose people and cultures I deeply respect, I was surprised to hear local residents talk about the personal sacrifices they feel they are making to maintain the well-being of displaced people. Even some of my most compassionate and hospitable friends there are beginning to experience discomfort and wonder how long their country's charity can last....
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