Focus Friday - Refugee Camps

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Friday, Nov 12 2010 by

A refugee camp is a temporary settlement built to receive refugees. Hundreds of thousands of people may live in any one single camp. Usually they are built and run by a government, the United Nations, or international organizations, (such as the Red Cross) or NGOs.

Refugee camps are generally set up in an impromptu fashion and designed to meet basic human needs for only a short time. Some refugee camps are dirty and unhygienic. If the return of refugees is prevented (often by civil war), a humanitarian crisis can result.

Some refugee camps grow into permanent settlements, such as Ein el-Helweh, and have existed for decades, which has major implications for human rights Some people can stay in refugee camps for up to a decade.

Ain al-Hilweh refugee camp (Google Maps)
Ain al-Hilweh refugee camp

Balata refugee camp (Google Maps)
Balata refugee camp
Al-Shati refugee camp (Google Maps)
Al-Shati refugee camp

Rafah refugee camp (Google Maps)
Rafah refugee camp

Darfur refugee camp Breidjing (Google Maps)
Darfur refugee camp Breidjing

Darfur refugee camp Goz Amer (Google Maps)
Darfur refugee camp Goz Amer
Darfur refugee camp Djabal (Google Maps)
Darfur refugee camp Djabal

Darfur refugee camp Am Nabak (Google Maps)
Darfur refugee camp Am Nabak