Sunday, 23 October 2016

Humanitarian Visit to Jordan

Queen Mathilde visits Amman, Jordan to learn more about the refugee crisis in the region. As SDG advocate for the UN, queen Mathilde wishes to be informed about education, children's health and the economic empowerment of women.

She's accompanied by Minister of Development Cooperation, Alexander De Croo.

Sunday 23 October 2016

Departure from Melsbroek Military Airport. During the flight, Mathilde told a journalist she was expecting the next days to be intense and emotional.




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Arrival at Amman.







Meeting with Jordanian Foreign Minister, Nasser Judeh at the airport.



Monday 24 October 2016

Belgian Court started the day by releasing this message from queen Mathilde, on the occasion of "United Nations Day".

"From Jordan where I am currently on a humanitarian mission, I wish everyone a happy United Nations (UN) Day. I specially thank the many UN workers for their permanent engagement.

As an advocate of the UN Sustainable Development Goals, I can see how big the humanitarian needs are in Jordan and I recognize the enormous efforts made by Jordan in order to receive refugees from the region. All refugee children need access to education and good healthcare. Many children who fled the war in Syria are in need of psychological care. This is why I am asking that a special attention be given to education and healthcare of refugees and to their mental well-being in particular.

I praise all humanitarian workers for their daily engagement that does not go without risks. I also thank the Jordan volunteers and families who give these vulnerable persons a home.

My presence on the field is a way of giving these persons a face and a voice. "

Meeting with Filippo Grandi, UN High Commissioner for Refugees in Amman.



Visit to Zaatari, Jordan's biggest refugee camp (80,000 inhabitants), near the Syrian border.





Medical care at the camp.






Identification system with iris scans.



At the UNICEF Makani Center for Syrian refugees: education and psychological support for children.









Reception at the Belgian embassy. Mathilde wore a dress by Jordanian designer Hama Hinnawi, who is one of Queen Rania's go-to local designers.



Afterwards she had dinner with queen Rania and Abdallah at their home.


Tuesday 25 October 2016

Meeting UN personnel.


With Jordanian PM, Hani Al Mulqi.



With queen Rania at the Jordan River Foundation, that works on female empowerment. 





 

Goodbyes... Rania gave Mathilde a birthday present for her daughter Elisabeth: a scarf and a carved wooden box.





Returning home.




Around 17:00 Mathilde arrived in Belgium, still in time to celebrate Elisabeth's 15th birthday.

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