Desperately needed aid was beginning to reach the war devastated Wahdat refugee camp in Amman yesterday (Wednesday).
GV Amman PAN to damaged hospital
GV Refugee camp
SV Blankets unloaded from truck
SV Refugees watching
SV Blankets unloaded
SV Refugees pushing cage of livestock
LV Damaged building & children
SV Army truck along street
LV Old man in road
LV TILT DOWN damaged church
SV Goats by roadside
SV Children playing
BV Women carrying water containers
GV Traffic in street
Initials SAW/JH/SGM/2223 SAW/JH/SGM/2249
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Background: Desperately needed aid was beginning to reach the war devastated Wahdat refugee camp in Amman yesterday (Wednesday). The camp, once home for seventy-thousand Palestinian refugees, was badly damaged by shell-fire during last months civil war between guerrillas and Jordanian Government forces.
International aid organisations have begun unloading consignments of blankets in the camp. With many of the houses in the area lying in ruins warmth and food are the most urgent requirements.
Many of the men who lived in the camp belonged to guerrilla organisations and were detained by the Jordanian Army. Some have already been set free but the women in Wahdat camp are anxiously awaiting the release of the others. One of the first major tasks the camp's inhabitants and aid organisers must tackle in water supplies and sanitary facilities.
The camp's hospital, built by the Red Crescent aid organisation, was also badly damaged during the fighting as it had been used as a firebase by commandos.
Despite the devastated surroundings the people of the camp are slowly returning to the normal pattern of life and morale is reported to be fairly high.