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Syrian refugees face dust and disease in Jordan

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Mohammed and his wife Walaa escaped death in Syria after sedating their two-year-old daughter so her cries of pain would not be heard by regime troops as they fled to Jordan. 

A Syrian refugee woman tends to her child inside a UNHCR tent at the Zaatari refugee camp in the Jordanian city of Mafraq, near the border with Syria, on August 6. A charity that cares for thousands of Syrians who fled violence said last week that the first official camp to house the refugees in neighbouring Jordan falls short of international standards.

The young couple are now among some 3,000 Syrians sheltering in the desert Zaatari refugee camp 15 kilometres (nine miles) from the kingdom's northern city of Mafraq that was opened last month to alleviate the humanitarian crisis.

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