Khan Eshieh Camp
As of 1 January 2019
Before the conflict in Syria, the camp was home to more than 20,000 Palestine refugees. In 2012, the farms and fields surrounding the camp became active battlegrounds in which heavy weapons were deployed, often indiscriminately. The population more than halved to 9,000.
Some 75 UNRWA staff residing in the camp strived to maintain support to Palestine refugees through limited services offered in three schools, a health clinic, a community centre and a sanitation office. The Agency’s work was impeded by the fact that between 2013 and 2016, humanitarian access to Khan Eshieh was constrained, with no medical supplies being allowed into the camp. This lack of access meant that Palestine refugees travelled long distances to UNRWA distribution centers in Sahnaya or Khan Dannoun to receive assistance.
Some of the camp's buildings and infrastructure were severely affected including some UNRWA installations; two UNRWA schools and the community centre were almost razed to the ground. In 2016, UNRWA was able to re-access Khan Esheih and the Agency was able to rehabilitate some of its installations. Residents have also slowly started to return, with the camp now accommodating 12,000 people.
Before 2011, the majority of Palestine refugees in Khan Eshieh were well educated and work as teachers or civil servants. Others are employed as farm workers on Syrian-owned lands and manual workers at the nearby workshops.
- Four double-shift schools in two buildings, which were both completely destroyed and rehabilitated in 2017 & 2018.
- One food distribution center (did not need rehabilitation)
- One health centre (rehabilitated in 2017)
- One Community Centre (completely destroyed). Services are provided in a rented community centre.
- One Kindergarten
- One Sanitation Office
Programmes in the camp:
- Emergency assistance
- Relief and social services
REFUGEE CAMPS IN Syria
Palestine refugees from Syria have been severely affected by the ongoing armed conflict in the country.
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