Jordan documentary site launch

23 September 2013

Today I launched the official Facebook page for the documentary I’m making about the dramatic impact that the flood of Syrian refugees into Jordan is having on the local population.

To view the page, just click here:

And to be kept in the loop with further updates, please ‘Like’ the page.

About the film

The Second Crisis tells the untold story of the impact that the world’s worst refugee crisis is having on the lives of impoverished local people in Jordan.

Unable to support their basic needs, threatened with eviction from their homes, and unsupported by their government or the international aid community, these people are becoming refugees in their own towns.

The Syrian refugee crisis is the worst the world has ever seen. By the beginning of June, more than 1.6 million Syrians had fled the fighting for neighbouring countries. By the end of 2013, the UN estimates that the total number of Syrian refugees will reach 3.5 million.

But the impact of this crisis on Jordan has been almost completely overlooked. A country of just 6.5 million people, Jordan is now hosting more than 500,000 Syrian refugees.

That’s the equivalent of 25 million people arriving in the US, or 5 million in the UK – in just a few months. The number of refugees in Jordan is expected to more than double by the end of the year. By then, there will be one Syrian refugee for every family in Jordan.

Filmed on location at the Za’atari refugee camp, the Jordan-Syria border, the towns of Mafraq and Ramtha in northern Jordan and the capital Amman, this film tells the story of the crisis in a way that has not been captured anywhere else.

The film has been independently produced and completely self-funded. We are currently looking for broadcast outlets and funding for the film.

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Richard Nield is a freelance journalist, photographer and filmmaker covering the Middle East and Africa. In 10 years covering the region, he has been published and broadcast by clients including the BBC, Reuters, Al Jazeera, The Economist, The Financial Times, The Independent and Foreign Policy magazine. He has reported from throughout the region, including Algeria, Egypt, Libya, Morocco, Tunisia, South Sudan, Jordan, Lebanon, Syria, Kuwait and Saudi Arabia.