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Queen Rania: Education is First Line of Defense Against ISIS

October 20th, 2014
03:35 PM ET

The United Nations says Syrian refugees now number over three million. The official figures are high enough but when you add estimates of unregistered refugees from regional governments the problem is even worse than what we're hearing from the UN agencies.

They've taken shelter in neighboring countries looking for food, shelter and work, and by doing so putting huge pressure on their host economies struggling to provide for them. Jordan, for example, is giving refuge to 1.4 million Syrians – 80 thousand of them living in the Zaatari Refugee Camp, which is one of the largest in the world.

Last week, Becky got a chance to sit down with Her Majesty Queen Rania of Jordan to talk about the impact of the refugee crisis on Jordan and to get her views about the rise of extremist groups such as ISIS.

She says one of the most important issues for countries like Jordan is seeing that "the international community is going to step in and help" with both urgent humanitarian needs and longer-term infrastructure demands.

Her Majesty also spoke about the need to deal with the "emotional scars" left by the conflicts in Syria, Gaza and Iraq, warning that a generation constantly exposed to violence becomes vulnerable and becomes "more ready to accept and be influenced by extreme ideology."

Queen Rania also addressed the rise of groups such as ISIS and said one of the worst crimes they've committed is "against Islam and associating it with extremism."

You can follow Her Majesty Queen Rania on Twitter @QueenRania and on Instagram: http://instagram.com/queenrania.

 

 

 

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