Hama refugee camp

24 November 2009

Hama camp lies within the town of Hama, 210km north of Damascus.

Women and children

The camp was established in 1950 on an area of 0.06 square kilometres overlooking the Orontes river. Most of the refugees had fled from the villages surrounding Haifa and Acre in northern Palestine.

Most employed refugees are wage labourers or shopkeepers.

Environmental health in the camp is a serious problem and the mechanisation of solid waste disposal is one of its most pressing needs. The sewerage system is antiquated and does not meet the requirements of a growing camp population. The schools, built in the 1950s, are in poor condition. UNRWA‘s main priority in the camp is to reconstruct the schools to be able to provide better educational facilities for the children.


  • More than 8,000 registered refugees
  • Four double-shift schools
  • One food distribution centre outside the camp
  • One health centre
  • One community-based organisation centre
  • One Engaging Youth project centre
  • Demographic profile:
    Graph of Hama demographic profile

Programmes in the camp

Major problems

  • High unemployment rate
  • Poverty
  • Overcrowding
  • No playground, garden, or agricultural centre

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