Monday, February 17, 2014
The New York Times has a fascinating story on Kilis, Turkey - a seemingly model refugee camp that's currently housing Syrians. The story explains how and why Turkey's refugee camps outperform the ones run by the UN:
Many of the world’s displaced live in conditions striking for their wretchedness, but what is startling about Kilis is how little it resembles the refugee camp of our imagination. It is orderly, incongruously so. Residents scan a card with their fingerprints for entry, before they pass through metal detectors and run whatever items they’re carrying through an X-ray machine. Inside, it’s stark: 2,053 identical containers spread out in neat rows. No tents. None of the smells — rotting garbage, raw sewage — usually associated with human crush and lack of infrastructure.