Minn. Man Travels to Jordan to Help Syrian Refugees

Updated: 09/04/2013 7:52 AM KSTP.com By: Josh Rosenthal

The American Refugee Committee - a Minneapolis-based international humanitarian aid agency - hopes to help people who've been forced from their homes in Syria. As part of that effort, they sent a representative to neighboring Jordan Tuesday afternoon.

This will be 24-year-old Nicholas Vangen-Weeks' third trip to Jordan in the past six months.

The United Nations estimates that about 600,000 Syrians are currently in Jordan, with another 5,000 arriving every day. The UN says about 7 million people have been displaced from their homes in Syria altogether.

"If I and my team and my organization - in the larger humanitarian context - do their jobs correctly," Vangen-Weeks said before taking off from the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport, "we get to save lives and we get to save lives of people who really need it. So it's tremendously personally satisfying, even if my role is incredibly tiny within that."

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