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.
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.
- More than 20,000 registered refugees
- One women’s programme centre
- Four schools in two double-shift buildings
- One food distribution centre
- One health centre
- One community-based rehabilitation centre
- Demographic profile
Programmes in the camp
- Increased divorce
- Lack of income-generated projects
- High unemployment, despite high level of education