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Alumnus helping Syrian refugees in Jordan

Imagine living in a tent with a handful of household items, surviving on a few buckets of water daily and relying on donated food to feed your family.

This is the world for 120,000 Syrians living in Za’atari refugee camp, a former patch of desert in Jordan that is now the country’s fourth-largest city, home to men, women and children fleeing a civil war that has claimed the lives of nearly 100,000.

Working to help the refugees is Robert Maroni, a University of Rhode Island graduate and Warwick native who is country director in Jordan for Mercy Corps, a global relief organization.

“It’s an absolute crisis,’’ says Maroni, in...


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