A refugee camp is a temporary shelter built to house people who have fled their homes due to conflict or natural disaster. Refugee camps are run by governments, the United Nations, international organizations, or nongovernmental organizations (NGOs). Most people who live in the camps are refugees who have fled their home country but can also be Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs); refugees and IDPs are civilians displaced by persecution, war, or violence. Approximately 67 million people have been forced to leave their homes due to conflict or natural disaster: 16 million are refugees and 51 million are IDPs.
When people flee their homes, they are usually forced to leave behind their belongings. The government or humanitarian agency running the refugee camp provides refugees with clean water, food, and basic health care, but depending on the location of the camp and the political climate of the country in which the camp is located, it may take weeks for the camp inhabitants to receive...
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