- Burj Shemali camp was established in 1948 near Tyre in southern Lebanon.
- There is a high incidence of Thalassemia and sickle-cell disease among its inhabitants.
Burj Shemali Camp
Burj Shemali camp is located three kms from the city of Tyre in south Lebanon. It was established in 1948 to provide tented shelter for refugees arriving from Hawla, Tiberias, Saffuri and Lubieh. The camp also hosts displaced Palestine refugees from other parts of Lebanon. It was badly damaged during the Israeli invasion in 1982.
There is a very high incidence of thalassemia and sickle cell disease (genetic disorder) among Burj Shemali inhabitants and the camp is one of the poorest camps in Lebanon. Unemployment is extremely high, with seasonal agricultural work the most common source of income for both men and women.
The ongoing Syria crisis has also led an influx of Syrian refugees and Palestinian refugees from Syria (PRS) in the camp, further straining the infrastructure and services.
REFUGEE CAMPS IN Lebanon
- UNRWA runs three primary schools in Burj Shemali camp for about 1,900 Palestine refugee students, including PRS.
- Secondary-age students attend the Aqsa Secondary School in Rashidieh camp.
- UNRWA provides assistance at the rate of US$ 120 per person per year through e-cards as a form of social protection to more than 1,100 families.
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