Jordanian students in traditional costume take part in activities as part of the "King Abdullah II Award for Physical Fitness" project at Tlaa' Al-Ali High School sports complex in Amman, October 22, 2008.
Muhammad Hamed / Reuters

In Jordan, times are tough. First, the Kingdom has had to contend with absorbing nearly a million Syrian refugees over the past four years, which has placed a huge burden on its infrastructure and public resources. In addition, it must deal with people traveling in the opposite direction: Since 2011, an estimated 2,500 Jordanians have made their way across the northern border to join Jebhat al Nusra and the Islamic State, also known as ISIS. In turn, Jordan has become a major target of these terrorist groups. In early March, citing a heightened security threat from terrorism, the Peace Corps evacuated its

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