Friday, September 5, 2008

Refugee Realities

Dewan camp, Pakistan. This camp, near Muzaffarbad's stadium, is referred to as 'Dewan' camp because of the impact that volunteers from the Dewan Corporation, one of Pakistan's leading conglomerates, have had in this tent village - providing funds for emergency resources, and learning skills from NGOs like Oxfam working in the camp, so that they can establish another two camps in Muzaffarabad. Oxfam has built 2 water tanks here, and constructed of 54 latrines.
Photographer: © Carlo Heathcote/Oxfam

Today I stumbled across the Refugee Realities website from Oxfam Australia. The stories of Refugees and Internally Displaced People (IDP's) are extremely heartbreaking, but they are so often unheard and ignored. Did you know that refugees spend an average of 17 years in temporary housing. The problem is so big and the solutions so inadequate, and in the meantime there are people who after having fled some sort of horror end up living out their lives in refugee camps.

The site has some great images and stories and it appealed to me as a teacher because of the resources that it included.

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