Jordan’s Bedouin ‘desert forces’

Bedouins patrolling through harsh terrain have been key to country’s security for decades.

Bedouin Jordanians

 

Throughout Jordan’s harshest deserts, Bedouin security forces working for the government have been a key part to the country’s security for decades.

The so-called “desert forces” patrol about 82 per cent of Jordan’s land to guard against cross-border infiltration, weapon and drug smugglers.

Riding on camels in extreme weather conditions, the nomads have a rare capability and familiarity to manoeuvre through the rugged and rough terrain.

Nisreen El-Shamayleh reports from Wadi Rum in southern Jordan, where she followed a group of the desert forces on patrol.

Source: Al Jazeera

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