Souf Camp

Souf camp was one of the six "emergency" camps set up for Palestine refugees and displaced people who left the West Bank and Gaza Strip during the 1967 Arab-Israeli war.

The camp covers an area of 0.5 square kilometres and is near the famous Roman ruins of Jerash, 50km north of Amman.

Souf camp. © 2008 UNRWA Photo by Nidal Ammouri
Souf camp. © 2008 UNRWA Photo by Nidal Ammouri

The camp was abandoned in October 1967 because of the harsh weather conditions and heavy rainfall, and its inhabitants were accommodated in a tented camp in the Jordan valley. This temporary camp was abandoned in 1968 after an escalation in military operations in the area, and the refugees and displaced persons returned to Souf.

UNRWA's plans for providing more durable tents to withstand the harsh winters were dropped in favour of constructing 1,650 prefabricated shelters.

Major challenges

According a FaFo report published in 2013, Souf camp is ranked second of the ten Palestine refugee camps in Jordan when it comes to household size, with the average household size standing at 5.3. But the camp is ranked eighth in terms of poverty rates, with 23.1 percent of Palestine refugees living in the camp having an income below the national poverty line of JD 814.

Souf camp ranked second in unemployment, with 17 percent of camp residents unemployed. It also ranked second in female unemployment, standing at 24 percent. 

Suf camp has the lowest incidence of severe chronic health problems, standing at 3 percent. But 27 percent of Palestine refugees living in the camp don’t have health insurance.

REFUGEE CAMPS IN Jordan

We provide services in 10 Palestine refugee camps in Jordan. UNRWA does not administer or police the camps, as this is the responsibility of the host authorities.

Quick Facts

Refugees in camps

19,000 registered Palestine refugees live in Souf camp

Official camps

Souf camp was established in 1967

Unrwa In Souf Camp

Schools

UNRWA runs four double-shift schools serving students in the camp

Health Centre

One health centre provides primary health services to refugees living in the camp