The number of refugees fleeing war-torn Syria has drastically surged in the last year, swelling to 2.1 million displaced Syrians. Among them are more than 120,000 Syrians who now live in Zaatari, a sprawling refugee camp located in Jordan, where schools, hospitals, and thousands of small businesses have popped up to form a city unto itself. What follows is a collection of photos taken by Gregory Beals who has spent the last seven months working with refugees in and around Jordan, regularly visiting Zaatari and the people who, at least for now, call this place home.
Above, a young girl dresses in her best clothes for the first day of school at Zaatari Refugee Camp, in September. Of the 30,000 school-aged children living the camp, only 12,000 of them are registered for classes.