Water Thieves or Political Catalysts? Syrian Refugees in Jordan and Lebanon
Baylouny, Anne Marie
Klingseis, Stephen J.
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In 2013, a Jordanian town near Mafraq in the north ran out of water. The villagers barricaded roads and burned tires. This was no ordinary protest: King Abdullah himself came to the scene, assuring the villagers he would get water to them in tankers. In a move uncharacteristic of Jordanian politics, the villagers refused. They wanted water piped directly into their houses instead. In the end, the king promised piped water.