Wavel Camp

Archive photo of woman and children by lake

Wavel refugee camp was originally a site of French Mandate-era army barracks situated 90 km east of Beirut in the Beqaa Valley near Baalbeck. It provided shelter to Palestine refugees in 1948. In 1952, UNRWA assumed responsibility for providing services in the camp. Many refugees still live in the original army barracks, which lack daylight and adequate ventilation. Conditions are particularly harsh in winter. The ongoing Syria crisis has also led to the additional presence of Syrian refugees and Palestinian refugees from Syria (PRS) in the camp.

Camp residents are only able to find seasonal work in agriculture and sometimes construction. Students often drop out of school in order to support their families. The camp’s water, sewerage and storm water drainage systems were rehabilitated between 2004 and 2005.  However access to potable water remains a persistent challenge, as elsewhere in Lebanon.

REFUGEE CAMPS IN Lebanon

We provide services in 12 Palestine refugee camps in Lebanon. UNRWA does not administer or police the camps, as this is the responsibility of the host authorities.

Quick Facts

Refugees in camps

  • There are 9,460 UNRWA registered persons in the camp as of June 2018*

*This figure does not claim to represent the actual number present in the country as, for example, Palestine refugees may have left over the years and UNRWA does not track the habitual movement of refugees out of its fields of operation.

Official camps

  • Wavel refugee camp was originally a site of French Mandate-era army barrack in the Beqaa Valley.
  • It provided shelter to Palestine refugees in 1948 and UNRWA assumed responsibility in 1952.
Unrwa In Wavel Camp

Schools

  • In Wavel camp, education is provided to around 960 students at Qastal Secondary School. There are two kindergartens in the camp, which are both managed by local non-governmental organizations (NGOs).

Health Centre

  • Medical services are provided in the refugee camp by two medical officers and three specialists who visit the camp’s health centre. On average, 170 patients – including those from Syria – visit the camp’s health centre per day. Due to the remote location, access to hospitalization is difficult and costly.