Life in a Refugee Camp in 50 Degrees Celsius (ZR)

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Zoë Robert – Iceland Review  Online – Tuesday, 21 September 2011(originally published 18 Sept)

“How is it to live in a tent in a refugee camp in 50°C?” This was the title of a symposium I attended at the University of Iceland earlier this week to celebrate the launch of the book Ríkisfang: Ekkert – Flóttin frá Írak á Akranes (“Nationality: None – The Escape from Iraq to Akranes”) by Sigríður Vídis Jónsdóttir.

The book tells the story of eight Palestinian women and their children who fled Iraq to be resettled in Akranes, a small fishing village in west Iceland.

At the symposium, Lína Mazar, one of these eight women, described life in the Al Waleed refugee camp. She spoke about the difficult conditions in the camp—the repressive heat, the lack of hygiene—and the hardship she and her children faced . . . 

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