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Jordan Buckles Under the Weight of Refugees

Anisa Mehdi
Board of Contributors
Mar 5, 2016 | 13:54 GMT
Prefabricated metal homes are seen at the Azraq camp for Syrian refugees in northern Jordan on January 30, 2016.

Prefabricated metal homes are seen at the Azraq camp for Syrian refugees in northern Jordan on January 30, 2016.

(KHALIL MAZRAAWI/AFP/Getty Images)

The Islamic State looms at Jordan's gate. Refugees consume an increasing percentage of land, essentials for survival and patience. Even legendary Jordanian hospitality is taxed to the breaking point by fleeing Syrians joining the Iraqis and Palestinians that sought sanctuary in Jordan before them. The tiny Hashemite kingdom -- only slightly smaller in acreage than the state of Maine -- is keeping its balance so far in a rising sea of chaos to the north and east. But to maintain its equilibrium, Jordan will need assistance in hosting the refugees arriving each day....

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