Zaatari camp, Jordan: Electricity

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It is at night that the spaghetti-style bundles of wires stretching out from streetlights can be seen the clearest. They are used to power fans, lights and TVs in the refugees’ tents. They are also used to light the small shops and stalls clustered along the street dubbed by aid workers the ‘Champs Elysees’ after a sign put up by the French Military Hospital pointing out how far away it is to the famed Parisian street. (Photo by Jared J. Kohler)

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Look up, and wrapped around the street lights dotted throughout Zaatari you see spaghetti-style bundles of wires. Look down, and you will see those same slender wires cascading to the ground and then running off in a myriad of directions. Welcome to the electrical grid – the unofficial version – of the largest refugee camp in the Middle East. There are an estimated 10,000 illegal connections which feed off Zaatari’s power supply – or 186miles of tiny threads criss-crossing the camp.

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