In an unusual royal visit, TRH The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall toured one of the Syrian refugee camps in Jordan today. According to CNN, The King Abdullah camp run by UNICEF, Save the Children, and the United Nations is home to 1,500 Syrians who fled the now two-year old brutal civil war. The couple toured the facility, visiting a craft skills training center and a nursery. Prince Charles was deeply moved by the experience calling it “heartbreaking” while calling out the "extraordinary generosity" of the Jordanian people. He was very concerned about the children who had lost parents and been through what he called truly “horrendous experiences”. HRH The Duchess of Cornwall echoed her husband’s comments saying that she found the visit “very humbling.” She said "Seeing all these children, some of them have lost their parents and been adopted by others, I feel it is quite heartbreaking.”
People at the camp were clearly excited to see the royals but the purpose of their visit was much more than a spirit lifter. The UN, NGOs, and the Jordanian government are concerned that the refugee crisis is not getting the international attention it needs. An executive at Save the Children who hoped the royal couple's visit would bring publicity said:
"There are still two million children inside Syria. If action is not taken soon to bring this conflict to an end, the physical and mental harm done to them could irreparably damage a generation of children.”
More than a million Syrians have been registered as refugees by the UN in neighboring countries.