Wavel Refugee Camp, Lebanon
Published: March 21, 2016 | The Camps
More than 8,806 registered refugees
2 schools, including 1 secondary school
1 health centre
Majority aged between 13-40
- The camp was originally a French army barracks, and the original 12 buildings provided shelter to Palestinian refugees in 1948.
- It lies 90km east of Beirut in Beqaa Valley.
- In 1952, UNRWA assumed responsibility for providing services in the camp.
- Suffered less structural damage than other camps during civil war.
- Water system, sewerage and storm water drainage systems were recently rehabilitated.
- Living conditions are particularly severe; housing is unhealthy as many refugees still live in the original Mandate-era army barracks, which lack daylight and ventilation.
- Conditions are especially harsh in the winter, as the valley is a remote rural area with severe winter weather.
- When combined with poverty, these conditions result in a number of social problems.
- Only able to find seasonal work in agriculture and construction.
- Students often drop out of school in order to support their families.