Azraq is the first refugee camp in the world to open with a fully functional supermarket. In a span of just 20 days, Sameh mall succeeded in having the shop up and ready for Azraq’s opening. The supermarket offers the same food products found in regular supermarkets across Jordan.
With food vouchers and the supermarket, Azraq camp’s residents now have access to the same variety of food enjoyed by any Jordanian or refugee living in an urban city. Since the transition from food packages to food vouchers, refugees’ intake of fresh produce and meats has increased substantially.
With its vibrant colours and miniature shopping trolleys for children, the supermarket has found itself a fan base among the camp’s smaller residents, like four-year-old Mohammed Nour who moved with his family from Zaatari to Azraq two months ago, hoping for a better life.
For mothers like Laila, the supermarket provides an opportunity for her to engage in activities she normally did with her daughter, Amal, such as grocery shopping. Laila and her family left their hometown of Homs in May, hopeful that the camp would provide a safer haven for her children.
WFP distributes a quarter million pieces of fresh bread every morning to refugees in both Zaatari and Azraq camps. If one were to lay all the pieces of bread WFP distributes every morning to refugees in both camps on the ground, this would cover a surface area of around 5.6 square kilometres, larger than Ajloun city, the capital town of the northern governorate of Ajloun.
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