PODCAST: Jim Yong Kim: 'Jordan Needs the World's Help'

June 10, 2014

On the final leg of a four-day Middle East trip, World Bank Group President Jim Yong Kim traveled to the Zaatari refugee camp, which has 103,000 Syrian residents who fled the three-year-long war, and met with senior Jordanian officials, including His Majesty King Abdullah and Prime Minister Dr. Abdullah Ensour. At the refugee camp, Kim said that Syria's neighbors, especially Lebanon, Jordan, and Turkey, have shown incredible generosity in allowing more than 2 million refugees into their countries. But he said as a result Jordan and the other countries were under great stress in nearly every sector -- water, electricity, health, and education -- and now was the time for the global community to step up its help to the host communities.