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13th Annual Smithsonian Magazine Photo Contest Travel
Wadi Rum Desert

A nomadic Bedouin tribesman discusses the water shortage in Jordan as he “reads” the dunes in the desert. The recent influx of refugees to the region from various neighbors has put an extra strain on the country’s limited resources. Like the Syrians, the Bedouin have historically been viewed as outsiders and threats to stability even though they make up over a third of the population, share similar cultural ties and live in both countries. Some Bedouins have expressed resentment that the government of Jordan is providing more assistance to the refugees than to them but hope that this openness to other Syrians will help change their situation too.

Photo Detail
Date Taken: 03.2014
Date Uploaded: 12.2015
Photo Location: wadi rum, Jordan
Camera: NIKON D700
Copyright: © Amy Siqveland