Refugees have indeed accumulated due to the Middle East wars. Several European nations have taken in many refugees, especially Germany with accepting 900,000 from the ISIS wars involving Syria and Iraq. Jordan in the Middle East has taken in 1,400,000 being a neighbor of Syria. That is many refugees, especially with a population of 6.5 million in Jordan, and that amounts to 16%, approximately, of the total population. The writer served as teacher and relief worker in Jordan in the 1950s in Aqaba Jabber refugee camp, outside of Jericho, which had 30,000 Arab refugees, approximately, from the first Arab/Israeli war of  1948, resulting in a total of 700,000 Palestinian Arab refugees in what was formerly the land of Palestine. Here, when the West Bank was a part of the nation of Jordan, he assisted in clothing distributions for the Mennonite Central Committee. The camp emptied out in 1967 in the second Arab/Israeli war, with refugees fleeing across the Jordan River into the nation of Jordan. Israel  then annexed the West Bank. 

Refugees have lost everything and, usually, come with the clothing on their backs only. The following are questions which arise pertaining to taking in refugees:

*  how many refugees can any nation support due to the need for food, clothing, and shelter?

*  are the available resources adequate to support incoming refugees?

*  which nations are willing and able to support the refugee problem?

*  what is the long term solution, as well as consequences for the solution?


Problems arise between and among nations, what are the answers to this question?


— Marlow Ediger, North Newton.