Hama Camp

As of 1 January 2019

Hama camp saw the opening of a brand new school in 2018. © 2018 UNRWA Photo by Fernande van Tets
Hama camp saw the opening of a brand new school in 2018. © 2018 UNRWA Photo by Fernande van Tets
Hama camp lies within the town of Hama, 210 km north of Damascus. 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.

Before the conflict in Syria, there were 8,000 Palestine refugees living in Hama camp. It is estimated that 1,000 of the original population have left the country. Hama camp has not been affected by the conflict and attracted displaced Palestine refugees from elsewhere in Syria, boosting the population. The camp is currently home to between 300 and 400 displaced Palestine refugee families, and the camp population is estimated to be around 9,000 Palestine refugees. Most employed refugees are wage labourers or shopkeepers, but many rely on UNRWA assistance to survive.

In 2018, UNRWA rehabilitated one of its two schools, both built in the 1950s, due to aging.

Environmental health in the camp is a serious problem and the mechanization of solid waste disposal is one of the most pressing needs. The sewerage system is antiquated and does not meet the requirements of a growing camp population.

Like other areas in Syria, displacement, unemployment, inflation, protection and security risks are among the main concerns shared by Palestine refugees and Syrians alike. Increasing poverty and hardship as a direct consequence of the ongoing crisis in Syria has led to an increase of negative coping mechanisms like early marriage, child labour and drug consumption. UNRWA has increased its efforts to do preventative and awareness raising activities through its schools and community centres.

UNRWA installations:
  • Three schools (one double shift)  in two buildings (one rehabilitated in 2018)
  • One food distribution centre
  • One health centre
  • One community centre
Programmes in the camp:
  • Emergency assistance
  • Education
  • Health
  • Relief and Social Services
  • Sanitation


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