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What a giant new refugee camp looks like
Thursday, May 1st, 2014

Yesterday, GlobalPost's Meanwhile, in Syria blog mentioned the opening of a new camp for Syrian refugees, built to relieve pressure on the Zaatari camp, which is now the fourth-largest city in Jordan. The Azraq camp is at points 9 miles across and is 5.7 square miles in area. 

Erecting a refugee camp of this size involves, essentially, building a mini city in the middle of the Jordanian desert. The camp requires a hospital, food sources, and access points and emergency exits through nearby roads. Here are some photos of Azraq's opening yesterday to give you a sense of the scale.

Azraq cars
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Vehicles with officials arrive for the opening of the Azraq camp for Syrian refugees in the Jordanian desert.

(Khalil Mazraawi - AFP/Getty Images)
Azraq panorama
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Some of the houses in Azraq, the new, nearly six-square-mile refugee camp in the Jordanian desert.

(Khalil Mazraawi - AFP/Getty Images)
Azraq frames
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Houses and frames for houses, still under construction, in the Azraq camp.

(Khalil Mazraawi - AFP/Getty Images)
Azraq hospital
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The hospital for the Azraq camp.

(Khalil Mazraawi - AFP/Getty Images)
Azraq supermarket
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Syrian refugees look at cans displayed on the shelves at the supermarket in Azraq.

(Khalil Mazraawi - AFP/Getty Images)
Azraq cashier
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Syrian refugees queue at the cashier of a supermarket in Azraq.

(Khalil Mazraawi - AFP/Getty Images)
Azraq fire drill
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Smoke rises behind houses in Azraq as part of a fire drill on the opening day of the refugee camp.

(Khalil Mazraawi - AFP/Getty Images)
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