The Stream – Hoping for a Syria peace deal, five years on

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    On The Stream: Syrians reflect on how their lives have changed since the start of the conflict five years ago.

    Thumbnail: A girl waves the revolutionary Syrian flag during a protest against President Bashar Assad in front of the Syrian embassy to commemorate the 31st anniversary of the 1982 Hama massacre in Amman, Jordan, on Friday, Feb. 1, 2013. (AP/MOHAMMAD HANNON)

    In This Story: Kingdom of Jordan

    Jordan, officially the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, is an Arab country in the Levant region of Western Asia, on the East Bank of the Jordan River. The Dead Sea is located along its western borders and the country has a 26-kilometre (16 mi) coastline on the Red Sea in its extreme south-west. Jordan is strategically located at the crossroads of Asia, Africa and Europe. The capital, Amman, is Jordan’s most populous city.

    Jordan is a founding member of the Arab League and the Organisation of Islamic Co-operation. The sovereign state is a constitutional monarchy.

    From as early as 1948, Jordan has accepted refugees from multiple neighbouring countries in conflict. An estimated 2.1 million Palestinian and 1.4 million Syrian refugees are present in Jordan as of a 2015 census. The kingdom is also a refuge to thousands of Iraqi Christians fleeing persecution by ISIL.

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