[ PIC 20/06/2013 – 07:52 PM ]
Refugee child holds the key to the house his grandfather was uprooted from
RAMALLAH, (PIC)– Palestinian official sources confirmed that two-thirds of Palestinians people were displaced from historic Palestine on the eve of the 1948 war, while UNRWA records registered 5.3 million Palestinian refugees.
On the eve of the International Day of Refugees, the Palestinian Central Bureau of Statistics (PCBS) released a statistical review on the current status of Palestinian Refugees.
The PCBS report stated that 957 thousand Palestinians were displaced from their lands about 66% of the total Palestinian population on the eve of 1948 war.
According to UNRWA records, the Palestinian registered refugees totaled 5.3 million on 1/1/2013, of whom 40% in Jordan, 24% in the Gaza Strip, 17% in the West Bank, 10% in Syria and 9% in Lebanon, the report said.
The Data for 2012 showed that the percentage of Palestinian refugees in Palestine was 42.1% of the total population, about 27% of the total population of West Bank were refugees, compared to about 67% in the Gaza Strip.
The Refugees in Palestine are characterized as young population, 41% of them are under the age of 15 years compared to 39.7% for non-refugees. The report also noted that the total fertility rate for refugees in Palestine was 4.4 births per woman in the period between 2008 and 2009.
PCBS stated that the percentage of poor households in refugee camps is more than non-refugees, where unemployment rate of Palestinian refugees among those of 15 years and over in Palestine in 2012 was 27.9% compared to 19.8% for non-refugees.
Palestine ‘s Refugees – in Pictures
Nearly third of all registered Palestinian Refugees live in Refugee Camps which often resemble urban slums
Neirab refugee camp is the largest official camp in Syria and is typical of camps in Syria, Lebanon, Jordan and the occupied Palestinian territory.
Neirab was established between 1948 and 1950 in and around army barracks constructed by the Allied forces during World War II.
The refugees found shelter in the barracks, which they divided up, initially with sheets and later with plywood and hollow bricks, to provide some privacy and to accommodate their growing families.
Today, nearly 19,000 registered Palestine refugees live in Neirab.
More than a third of camp residents are under the age of 16.
UNRWA runs eight double-shift schools, in four school buildings, providing free elementary education to the camp’s children.
The majority of the refugees are casual labourers. Others work informally as street vendors.
While UNRWA has been able to make essential improvements and maintenance to the barracks, the housing situation in Neirab remains deplorable, and many of the shelters are the most unhealthy and unsafe among the camps in Syria.
The poor construction of the barracks results in scorching temperatures in summer and freezing conditions in winter.
The camp community suffers from high unemployment and poverty. The strain of this has led to a high divorce rate.
The kindergarten in the camp is old and in need of reconstruction.
The camp‘s streets are the only place for children to play and even they are often no wider than the span of a child‘s arms.
A shepherd walks with his flock east of Jabalia Camp, northern Gaza. Credit: Suhair Karam/IRIN
An old man sits outside his UNRWA-supplied tent in the Ezbet Abed Rabbo area of northern Gaza. His home was destroyed in the war. Credit: Suhair Karam/IRIN
And he does not know when he will live in a normal house again. Credit: Suhair Karam/IRIN
Palestinian refugees walk in the Jabalia refugee camp in the northern Gaza Strip
Palestinian refugees go about their daily lives at Al Hussein Palestinian refugee camp in Amman January 25, 2011. REUTERS/Majed Jaber
Palestinian refugees living in camps in Lebanon
An estimated 400,000 Palestinian refugees live in Lebanon
A Palestinian Refugee family posing for the camera, April-2009, Al-Wehdat CampFiras, a Palestinian refugee child in his room, April-2009, Al-Wehdat Camp, Jordan. Photo by Mohammed Abdulkadir
One of the old generation who witnessed the war in 1948, April-2009, Al-Wehdat Camp, Jordan. Photo by Mohammed Abdulkadir
Husam on his way to school, April-2009, Hitten Camp, Jordan. Photo by Mohammed Abdulkadir
A little boy having a break during his 1 hour walk journey to school, April-2009, Hitten Camp, Jordan. Photo by Mohammed Abdulkadir
Jamal, a 12 years old Palestinian boy studying in one of the learning centres provided by the UNRWA. April-2009, Al-Wehdat Camp, Jordan.Photo by Mohammed Abdulkadir
A Palestinian kid playing football in Al-wehdat club,a club that has been founded and run by the refugees themselves, April, 2009, Alwehdat Camp, Jordan.Yaseen wearing his beloved football club’s shirt, April-2009, Hettin Camp, Jordan.A little Palestinian girl dancing on her way to buy breakfast, April-2009, Hitten Camp, Jordan.
An Old Palestinian women sitting in her house, a one room house with no doors, no furniture, April-2009, Hitten Camp, Jordan.
A group of kids wondering around outside their houses. April-2009, Hitten Camp, Jordan
17. Cloths are hanged outside a house to dry, these matchbox houses can hardly provide protection from the rain in the winter, April-2009, Hitten Camp, Jordan
Palestinian refugee camps in Lebanon- Sabra & Chatila
Shatila / Sabra- Palestinian Refugee Camp, Beirut Lebanon – Photograph by Falfali.org
Shatila / Sabra- Palestinian Refugee Camp, Beirut Lebanon
Palestinian Refugee Camp in Beirut
After the Nakba, the exile and fleeing, Palestinian refugees remain often in camps again a target for violence. Here NAHR AL-BARED camp , Lebanon, Nov 25, 2009 (IPS) – More than two years after their refugee camp was destroyed in a war between the Lebanese army and the Islamist militant group Fatah al-Islam, Nahr al-Bared refugees the start of the camp’s reconstruction. Established in 1949, the Palestinian refugee camp of Nahr al-Bared in north Lebanon’s Akkar region has become home to more than 30,000 residents. In the summer of 2007, the camp was totally destroyed as the Lebanese Armed Forces (LAF) fought a group of well-equipped, mostly non-Palestinian militants who had taken over the camp.
Palestinian refugees head towards the buses that will take them to Syria after years in Al Tanf. Refugees and still hunted from one place to another because UN decided to close the camp.
Palestinian refugees trapped in three makeshift camps along the Iraqi-Syrian border are living in very precarious conditions and their situation is deteriorating by the day, a senior Palestinian diplomat said on 18 February 2008. “The Palestinian refugees… along the Syrian border are experiencing a very grave social, health and humanitarian situation,” Dalil al-Qasous, the Palestinian chargé d’affaires in Baghdad, told IRIN. “As they enter their third year of living on the borders, they continue to face low desert temperatures during the winter and [now
Ein Beit el Ma refugee camp in Nablus is one of the poorest camps in the West Bank
Youth playing on the street in Burj El-Shemali – Lebanon
Buildings marked with marks of shelling, shooting and destruction, everywhere and no camp excluded
Beirut Camp at Night
Refugee in Burj al-Barajneh Camp, Lebanon, ( Photo:BADIL)
And also in Burj al-Barajneh Camp marks of severe violence, bullet Holes in a Building in , Lebanon, ( Photo:BADIL)
Everywhere devastation and no reconstruction, Palestinian refugees for over 44 years living in and around rubble. Destroyed Building in Burj al-Barajneh Camp, Lebanon, ( Photo:BADIL)
Even in the camps no sanctuary for Palestinian Refugees, Being moved from one camp to another. The destruction of Nahr el Bared refugee camp, Lebanon September 2007 Photo: Nahrelbared.net
“Military Building” – Wavel Refugee Camp – Lebanon (Photo:BADIL)
“Infrastructure” is something you will not find inside of camps. No sewerage which leads to increased chance of health issues, but also electricity is far from nowadays. Palestinian Refugees saving themselves with the means they have…. Electric Wires – Wavel Refugee Camp – Lebanon (Photo:BADIL)
And also in Wavel camp Lebanon rubble, everywhere rubble and memories of destruction (Photo:BADIL)
Also in the Holy land, Bethlehem’s Aida refugee Camp and displaced Palestinians, lost their homes and where haunted to live in camps in their own country. For the establishment of the State of “Israel” The Illegal Israeli Gilo settlement in the background. (Photo: Badil)
Born in a camp and never seen elsewhise than destruction, war, attacks, death and misery. Imagine this would be your children. Palestinian Refugee Children in the Shati refugee camp – Gaza (Photo:BADIL)
Aqbat Jaber Camp, Jericho, West Bank Besides Refugee camps in Syria, Lebanon and Jordan, in Palestine only already located 16 refugee camps ( Photo:Nathalie Bardou/BADIL)
Many Palestinian refugees like this elderly woman from Deheishe refugee camp continue to hold keys to their homes and continue to hope and work for their right of return. They key of their homes of which they were expelled during the Nakba, have become a symbol for the Palestinian refugees – (Photo BADIL)
The rubble of destroyed buildings in Jabalia camp – Gaza Stripe. Jabalia Camp is one of the places in Gaza which is still, under continuous attacks of Israeli Occupation Forces or bomb- and shellings. (Photo:BADIL)
Processing of tents for refugees whose homes were destroyed in the Jabalia – Gaza Strip (Photo:BADIL)
The suffering of Palestinian children in refugee camps is horrendous. Living in daily danger, fear, trauma and devastation, dependant on aid but even not getting that or not enough for Israel still decides wether to open crossings, or not at all, to enter basic need or not. – Jabalia camp – Gaza Stripe (Photo:BADIL)
And the world is ignorant ot silencing, the harsh living conditions of the Palestinian people in the Jabalya refugee camp(Photo:BADIL)
Khan Younis, another refugee camp in the Gaza Strip, same devastation, same misery, same fate, oppression, closed in by the sea and the occupier. World’s largest open air prison in the world. – (Photo: BADIL)
Rafah Camp in Gaza
Children from Shu’fat refugee camp looking at the Wall and the Jewish colony of Pisgat Ze’ev, August 2006 Living in a “prison camp” looking over the apartheid wall to their “neighbours” which have annexed their land, homes, trees, crops and belongings, to destroy all and rebuild flamboyant settlements… with all needs. they are deprived of. Imagine this is your child… (Photo: Anne Paq)
For this is their reality and daily surroundings. Destruction everywhere also in this camp. A dolished house in Shu’fat Camp – West Bank (Photo:BADIL)