Former Oregon politician visits Syrian refugee camp

Medford, Ore. — A former Oregon legislator, and current film maker is home tonight after a trip to the Middle East.

Jason Atkinson spent several days at the Zaatari refugee camp in Jordan. The camp is the largest in the world, with about 80,000 refugees.

Atkinson was there as part of Advanced Aid International, which assesses the need for medical care, and places mobile field hospitals.

“I don’t think you ever really get used to seeing human suffering, especially on a mile by mile by mile massive scale,” Atkinson says, “I met two twin boys that were 8 days old when they arrived so there mother was in labor and then walked across the desert to safety.”

Atkinson began work on a documentary during his stay on the work of mobile field hospitals and Syrian refugees. It’s expected to be released in a few weeks.


Kristin Hosfelt anchors NBC5 News weeknights at 5, 6 and 11. Originally from the Bay Area, Kristin earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Broadcast Journalism from San Jose State University.

She came to KOBI-TV/NBC5 from Bangor, Maine where she was the evening news anchor. Kristin has won multiple journalism awards including Best Feature Reporting in the State of Maine. In 2017, her investigation on lead pipes in Medford’s water system was named Best News Series by the Oregon Association of Broadcasters.

When Kristin is not sharing the news, she’s traveling, hunting down the best burrito, or buried in a Jodi Picoult novel. She’s also a Green Bay Packers shareholder; if you see her out and about she’d be happy to tell you the story of how a California girl became a cheesehead.

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