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Refugee Camp for Syrians in Jordan Evolves as a Do-It-Yourself City
New York Times ^ | July 4, 2014 | Michael Kimmelman

Posted on 07/05/2014 2:04:06 PM PDT by lbryce

The NYT Admiration For Arab "Ingenuity", "Resourcefulness" Knows No Bounds

Refugee Camp for Syrians in Jordan Evolves as a Do-It-Yourself City

ZAATARI REFUGEE CAMP, Jordan — A young Syrian salesman stopped into Ahmad Bidawi’s barbershop for a shave the other day. Music wafted on fan-cooled air. Outside, on what has become the main commercial strip here in one of the world’s largest refugee camps, workers steered handcarts packed with lumber and kitchen appliances through sunbaked crowds hanging out in front of shops.

The scene could hardly have felt further from the mayhem across the border that Mr. Bidawi, like the other refugees, fled. Syria is only a few miles away. From the camp one can feel the shelling. A farmer back home and jack-of-all-trades, Mr. Bidawi arrived here with his wife and children a year ago, only to have his youngest daughter die in the camp, overwhelmed by tear gas fired when guards struggled to quell a riot. Everyone in Zaatari has horror stories about homes destroyed, family members lost and bad times in the camp.

But now, at a pace stunning to see, Zaatari is becoming an informal city: a sudden, do-it-yourself metropolis of roughly 85,000 with the emergence of neighborhoods, gentrification, a growing economy and, under the circumstances, something approaching normalcy, though every refugee longs to return home. There is even a travel agency that will provide a pickup service at the airport, and pizza delivery, with an address system for the refugees that camp officials are scrambling to copy.

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TOPICS: Culture/Society; Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: doityourselfcity
Imagine that. In 2014, a do-it-yourself-city.

The Slimes is beside itself in admiration and wonder of Arab creativity and resourcefulness with civilization having finally made its appearance on at the Zaatari Refugee Camp in Jordan right before our very eyes.

..a sudden, do-it-yourself metropolis of roughly 85,000 with the emergence of neighborhoods, gentrification, a growing economy and, under the circumstances, something approaching normalcy, though every refugee longs to return home. There is even a travel agency that will provide a pickup service at the airport, and pizza delivery, with an address system for the refugees that camp officials are scrambling to copy.

Why, it might even be said the Arabs have escaped the primitive, neolithic century they've been mired in for over thirteen hundred years and have seen the wondrous future that is 8th Century CE.

1 posted on 07/05/2014 2:04:06 PM PDT by lbryce
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To: lbryce

Holy crap Capitalism - Quick squash it now!


2 posted on 07/05/2014 2:08:00 PM PDT by Extremely Extreme Extremist
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To: lbryce

Many, if not most, of the people who have fled Syria are either apathetic muslims who want nothing to do with jihad or, more likely, Arab Christians who are being actively persecuted by the evil rebel forces.

Could it be that the rosy picture of initiative and ingenuity that is being displayed is a direct result of the religious orientation of the refugees?

A sincere question.


3 posted on 07/05/2014 2:10:56 PM PDT by left that other site (You shall know the Truth, and The Truth Shall Set You Free.)
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To: left that other site

Excellent point.


4 posted on 07/05/2014 3:44:40 PM PDT by Balding_Eagle (I am a citizen of an idea called America.)
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To: Balding_Eagle

Thank you.

I am sure that this never occurred to the New York Times, but there you go.


5 posted on 07/05/2014 4:33:00 PM PDT by left that other site (You shall know the Truth, and The Truth Shall Set You Free.)
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