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Feature - Global plan powers up to supply clean energy for refugees
by Megan Rowling

Thomson Reuters Foundation    Translate This Article
18 May 2018

On 18 May 2018 Thomson Reuters Foundation reported: Aid agencies and governments are transforming the way they provide energy to families forced to flee their homes around the world -- from setting up solar power plants at camps for Syrians in Jordan, to funding a small solar panel for a Malian refugee to run a fridge for her water shop in Burkina Faso. Global Good News service views this news as a sign of rising positivity in the field of science, documenting the growth of life-supporting, evolutionary trends.

... In 2012 when Jordan's Za'atari camp opened -- home at one point to as many as 130,000 Syrian refugees -- Friday prayers would be followed by 'a riot', with frustrated, anxious residents destroying things and throwing stones, said Andrew Harper of the U.N. refugee agency (UNHCR).

But once UNHCR began spending up to $450,000 each month on electricity supplied to the camp via a grid connection, refugees used it to set up some 3,000 shops and businesses, and the rampages stopped as their sense of dignity grew, he said.

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