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Princess Mary of Denmark visits Zaatari camp

By Khetam Malkawi - Aug 21,2013 - Last updated at Aug 21,2013

MAFRAQ — Princess Mary of Denmark, patron of the UNFPA, visited the Zaatari Refugee Camp on Wednesday and toured its facilities.

The princess visited the UNFPA’s safe women comprehensive centre in Zaatari 3 and was briefed on the services provided to Syrian women and children by the UN agency.

She also visited the Jordan Humanitarian Aid Society-UNFPA supported women’s clinics, where she was briefed on the health and counselling services provided by JHAS staff and attended part of a session given to Syrian women on family planning.

Princess Mary, the wife of Denmark’s Crown Prince Frederic, became the UNFPA patron in May 2010 to support its work to promote maternal health and safer motherhood.

Through her “The Mary Foundation” and her patronages, she advocates for humanitarian, health and social issues such as improving the lives of children, adults and families.

The Danish minister for development cooperation, Christian Bach, who accompanied the princess on her visit to the camp, commended the Kingdom’s “hospitality”.

“Jordan is a world leader when it comes to generosity and hospitality to refugees from neighbouring countries and is a model for the rest of the world in providing security for people who need it.”

“I am very impressed [with] what I see here: the cooperation between the Jordanian government, civil society and the international community in providing shelter, services to the Syrian refugees,” the minister told The Jordan Times during the visit.

He added that the camp is well-organised and provides quality services to refugees. “Safety and security is also provided here,” Bach said.

“Denmark is now leading European efforts to support not only the refugees in the camps, but also the local community in Jordan, who are under significant pressure and trying to cope with the influx of refugees,” he added.

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