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Anti-Coronavirus Drive Held in Khan Dannun Refugee Camp

Published : 07-08-2020

Anti-Coronavirus Drive Held in Khan Dannun Refugee Camp

Activists from Khan Dannun camp have launched a campaign to respond to coronavirus outbreak.

A volunteer said the campaign aims to prevent the spread of the lethal virus among the camp residents.

A resident told AGPS that coronavirus has been spreading quickly in the camp, saying at least four people have succumbed to the disease over the past four days.

According to UN data, Khan Dannun camp was built several centuries ago to give overnight accommodation to trading caravans on the ancient route between Jerusalem and Constantinople (modern day Istanbul). In 1948, the ruins of the city provided shelter for refugees from villages in northern Palestine.

The camp was home to 10,000 Palestine refugees by 2011, almost all of whom were live in irregular housing, constructed without any formal approval from the municipality.

Before the conflict in Syria, the camp was already one of the poorest camps in Syria. Most refugees worked as farm workers on Syrian-owned lands, others are wage laborers, while a few commuted to industrial plants. 

The conflict exerted additional pressures. The camp was surrounded by armed opposition groups and many refugee families displaced from other areas of Damascus took refuge in the camp, tripling the number of residents to some 30,000 during the crisis. Two UNRWA school premises were converted into collective shelters to give accommodation to more than 130 families between 2012 and 2018.  Currently, the camp is home to 12,650 Palestine refugees.

 

Short URL : https://www.actionpal.org.uk/en/post/10482

Activists from Khan Dannun camp have launched a campaign to respond to coronavirus outbreak.

A volunteer said the campaign aims to prevent the spread of the lethal virus among the camp residents.

A resident told AGPS that coronavirus has been spreading quickly in the camp, saying at least four people have succumbed to the disease over the past four days.

According to UN data, Khan Dannun camp was built several centuries ago to give overnight accommodation to trading caravans on the ancient route between Jerusalem and Constantinople (modern day Istanbul). In 1948, the ruins of the city provided shelter for refugees from villages in northern Palestine.

The camp was home to 10,000 Palestine refugees by 2011, almost all of whom were live in irregular housing, constructed without any formal approval from the municipality.

Before the conflict in Syria, the camp was already one of the poorest camps in Syria. Most refugees worked as farm workers on Syrian-owned lands, others are wage laborers, while a few commuted to industrial plants. 

The conflict exerted additional pressures. The camp was surrounded by armed opposition groups and many refugee families displaced from other areas of Damascus took refuge in the camp, tripling the number of residents to some 30,000 during the crisis. Two UNRWA school premises were converted into collective shelters to give accommodation to more than 130 families between 2012 and 2018.  Currently, the camp is home to 12,650 Palestine refugees.

 

Short URL : https://www.actionpal.org.uk/en/post/10482