Camp Profiles

Camp Profiles

In the sections below, we take a look at how life is like in Palestinian refugee camps. Over 1.5 million Palestinians – one third of the registered Palestine refugees – live in 58 recognized refugee camps in Jordan, Lebanon, Syria, the West Bank and the Gaza Strip.

Unfortunately, lack of appropriate funding means that most of these camps are little more than shanty towns, with rampant squalor.

Rafah Refugee Camp, Gaza

Established in 1949, Rafah camp is located in the south of Gaza near the Egyptian border, and has become almost indistinguishable from the adjacent city of Rafah itself. High population density is a major and [...]

Khan Younis Refugee Camp, Gaza

Khan Younis camp lies west of the town of Khan Younis, historically a major commercial hub and ancient trade route to Egypt.  The Israeli blockade on Gaza has increased unemployment for the residents of this camp, [...]

Jabalia Refugee Camp, Gaza

Covering an area of just 1.4 square Kilometers, Jabalia camp is home to the largest number of registered refugees in the Gaza Strip. 90% of the water in Gaza is contaminated, and has been classified [...]

Wavel Refugee Camp, Lebanon

The camp was originally a French army barracks, and the original 12 buildings provided shelter to Palestinian refugees in 1948. It lies 90km east of Beirut in Beqaa Valley. In 1952, UNRWA assumed responsibility for [...]