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Prince Charles and Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall, visited a Syrian refugee camp in Jordan this week, which he described as a "heartbreaking" experience. The Prince reassured the Syrian people that they had not been forgotten and would be receiving help from the rest of the world.
"Many of these children have been traumatized by the horrors of what they have witnessed before they got here. Some of them have lost their parents and had horrendous experiences and it is remarkable what all these wonderful NGOs (non-governmental organizations) are doing to deal with this unbelievable and heartbreaking situation," Charles told those at the refugee camp headquarters, according to The Guardian U.K.
He and Camilla toured the camp, which is home to nearly 1,000 people who have had to flee their homeland. Syrian fighting has reached new levels and the death toll continues to steadily rise. The United States has recently pledged more funding to the Syrian rebels, and the United Nations is doing what it can to help the refugees.
"In some ways children are quite adaptable and resilient, but at the same time, one of their teachers was telling me that just looking at trees reminded them of where they have been. The hope is that they will all get back there again," Charles added.
After meeting with leaders of the camp, the royals met with women working to provide income for their families and then visited the nursery. It was an emotional visit, especially for Camilla.
"Seeing all these children, some of them have lost their parents and been adopted by others, I feel it is quite heartbreaking. They are doing a fantastic job," she noted.
While the Prince's visit helped raise awareness of the Syrians' plight, the UN high commissioner for refugees in Jordan said that much more help is needed from everyone because "Jordan can't continue to take hundreds of thousands or a million with nice words from the international community."
"We need significant support and investment. We are all running out of money. International aid is too slow and too little. We are faced with a looming disaster," he said.