A possie in Aussie

July 24, 2009

Whole lives lost in shoddy, degrading refugee camps

Many refugees spend an entire lifetime in a refugee camp.

The recently released World Refugee Survey shows that millions of refugees spend anywhere from 10 to 60 years in

“shoddy, degrading refugee camps, where they are unable to move freely, work to support their families, or live anything resembling a normal life.

“In some cases children are born, live, and die in a refugee camp.

8,177,800 refugees have been in refugee camps for 10 years or more.

These camps are generally in very poor countries.

Nations with per capita income of less than $2,000 host half of all the refugees in the world.

Médecins Sans Frontières’ will set up a 1000 square-metre replica camp in Adelaide’s Victoria Square from Sunday 20 to Sunday 27 September 2009, 9am to 5pm daily, to give people the chance to walk into a camp site modelled on refugee camps in countries such as Chad and Sudan.

Experienced field staff will be on-hand at the camp to lead the guided tours and tell their stories about refugee camp life and the vulnerability of life for people who have fled their homes.

Field staff will also be available to talk to people interested in working for Médecins Sans Frontières at information nights held in Adelaide on Wednesday 23 September and in Melbourne on Thursday 15 October.

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