Prince Charles touched by plight of Syrian refugees

Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall on tour in Jordan today.
Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall on tour in Jordan today.

LONDON — The Prince of Wales says the plight of Syrian refugees is “heartbreaking”, while on a tour of a camp in Jordan.

The prince said many of the children had been “traumatised by the horrors of what they’ve witnessed”.

He also praised the “extraordinary generosity” of the Jordanian people and called for greater assistance.

The prince and the Duchess of Cornwall were visiting the King Abdullah camp, which is home to 1,500 Syrians who have fled the two-year conflict.

More than a million Syrians have now been registered by the UN as refugees in countries including Jordan, Lebanon, Turkey, Iraq and Egypt.

Prince Charles and the duchess, who are on a three-day tour of the Middle East, were greeted by UN staff at the camp.

The couple visited a craft skills training centre for women and children, and went to a nursery where 20 children sang songs to them.

The prince said some of the children had lost parents and suffered “horrendous experiences”. He praised the work of the “wonderful” NGOs and the generosity of the “truly remarkable Jordanian people”.

“They’ve managed to cope with and deal with all these hundreds of thousands of refugees and it’s very nearly the second anniversary,” he said.

“The generosity is extraordinary but it’s putting more and more strain on food and hospitals so clearly the Jordanians need more assistance and help to be able to cope with this immense challenge.”

The Duchess of Cornwall echoed her husband’s sentiments, and said she found the experience “very humbling”.

“Seeing all these children, some of them have lost their parents and been adopted by others, I feel it is quite heartbreaking,” she said.

This is the couple’s second full day in Jordan. Their next stop after the camp was the historic Roman city of Jerash.

The couple are travelling to Qatar followed by Saudi Arabia and Oman. (BBC)

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