In Brief

Ideas Box providing information, education and entertainment in five refugee camps during initial trial

The existence of a refugee camp implies and demonstrates many tragedies. There’s the political or natural catastrophe that displaced the population. There’s the misery of the people living in the camp, no matter how well-run. There’s the secondary disaster of illness and hunger that’s too common in crowded conditions.

A less visible, but just as real, tragedy of displaced people is an apocalypse of potential. Refugee camps are waiting rooms, where people spend years stagnating intellectually, socially and emotionally. There’s little to do, no money to do it with, and precious little connection to the larger world.

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