@SteveKoehler22 on twitter posted that “20 million people live in refugee camps. Half are children. https://mobile.twitter.com/stevekoehler22/status/857177480289013762.
The data in 2016 indicates that there are 21.3 million people are refugee among 65.3 million homeless people. They live in refugee camps and over half of them are under the age of 18.
The word’s five largest refugee camps are Kakuma Refugee Camp, Hagadera Refugee Camp, Dagahaley Refugee Camp, Ifo Refugee Camp in Kenya and Zaatari Refugee Camp in Jordan. There are 55% of refugees are children in Kakuma among 170k people. Similar in the other four refugee camps. 56 % in Hagadera, 60% in Dagahaley, 56% in Ifo and 55.7% in Zaatari.
“25% of Lebanon’s population is now Syrian refugees. It’s a country surrounded by decades of conflict with Palestine in the south and Syria in the north and east” said Naveed Iqbal, “the condition of the Syrian refugees in Lebanon is the most desperate and neglected int he Middle East. Almost every refugee has a war injury.”
Children have became the majority of refugees but the refugee camps have not given them enough safety. Terrible living conditions is the main problem in refugee campus. Starvation and lack of water are normal there. The diseases caused by that exacerbate the harsh living environment.
“We lost a Syrian refugee child yesterday”, said Naveed Iqbal on 25th April 2017, the medical doctor at NHS who also has been returning to Syrian refugee camps in the Middle East every few month to provide medical care with other US doctors, “tried to resuscitate him for over 45 minutes. He was severely malnourished and dehydrated.”
Naveed said that “it was a privilege to serve the Syrian people with a team of gifted souls.” He is very willing to use his medical skills to save these Syrian people. Even though the environment there is hostile.
To improve the living conditions in refugee camps, more aid must be given to prevent violence also provide enough food and clean water, so that we do not continue to see an increase in refugee children’s and large amount of people forced to flee their homes in search of safety. Luckily, we have people like Dr. Iqbal who willing to give a helping hand to refugees.