Life in a Refugee Camp

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A new photography project is training refugee children to document their environment. See the world through their eyes in this photo gallery. (Nat Geo News)

Use our resources to learn more about Syrian refugee camps.

Teachers, scroll down for a quick list of key resources in our Teachers’ Toolkit, including a link to today’s MapMaker Interactive map.

National Geographic Emerging Explorer Aziz Abu Sarah recently returned from weeks spent at a summer camp for Syrian children at a refugee camp in Turkey, where he took this photo of boys being boys. Photograph courtesy Aziz Abu Sarah, National Geographic

National Geographic Emerging Explorer Aziz Abu Sarah snapped this terrific photo at a summer camp for Syrian children at a refugee camp in Turkey.
Photograph courtesy Aziz Abu Sarah, National Geographic

Discussion Ideas

  • What are refugees?

 

  • What are host countries?
    • Host countries are nations or regions to which refugees flee.

 

The Syrian Civil War has forced more than 4 million Syrians to flee their countries. Most have fled to the nearby hosts countries of Turkey, Lebanon, Jordan, and Iraq. Remember, this is not a National Geographic map. This is an amateur map using the National Geographic MapMaker Interactive tool. These numbers are estimates, as many Syrian refugees are undocumented or unregistered as they search for a better life in the more politically and economically stable countries of the West. Please use MapMaker to update and modify this map as information changes or becomes available. The European Union and United Nations are great sources of more information on Syrian refugees.

The Syrian Civil War has forced more than 4 million Syrians to flee their country. Please use MapMaker to update and modify this map as information changes or becomes available. The European Union and United Nations are great sources of more information on Syrian refugees.

 

  • Why are Syrian families fleeing their country?
    • Syria is engaged in an horrific civil war. The authoritarian government of President Bashar al-Assad is being opposed by rebel groups with different agendas, from greater freedom to the establishment of an Islamist state. A Kurdish-dominated region in Syria has also declared independence. And then there’s ISIS, an international terrorist organization seeking to establish a new caliphate with a Syrian capital. Learn more about the belligerents in the Syrian Civil War here.

 

TEACHERS’ TOOLKIT

Nat Geo: Life in a Refugee Camp, As Seen By Children

Nat Geo: The Truth about Syrian Refugee Camps

Nat Geo: Where are Syria’s refugees? map

Nat Geo: What is a refugee?

Nat Geo: Who is Fighting Whom in Syria?

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