Children of a family currently in the resettlement process and headed for the USA. They are beginning to learn english. Their father was submitted for resettlement as a survivor of violence and torture.
       
     
Working with RefugePoint in the Hottest Place on Earth
       
     
 Children make up 54% of the Aysaita Refugee Camp population. RefugePoint works to identify children who are either completely alone, or seperated from their parents. Much work is also being done to address early childhood marriage and female cutting.
       
     
 Waiting for food distributions, these two Afari women will get wheat, salt, oil and a small stipend provided by UNHCR. They've also been provided with cooking pots and water cans, reflecting the fact that most refugees flee in crisis and literally have nothing with them when they arrive at the camp.  For more information visit www.refugepoint.org
       
     
 Many refugees at Aysaita have fled violence and torture in Eritrea, and are hopeful of resettlement in the US, Canada or Australia. The US has approved 1000 Afaris for resettlement this year, and the RefugePoint staff is helping viable candidates file the paperwork and prepare for the cultural adjustment of moving from this very remote environment into the Western World. 
       
     
 The UNHCR offers a school inside the camp for the children, which was well attended by both boys and girls. We met an English teacher who is himself Afari, and proud of the work that he is doing to help the kids both stay engaged while they are in the limbo of the refugee camp, and prepare for what lies ahead since the most likely resettlement would be Canada, Australia or the USA. 
       
     
 The Aysaita Refugee Camp, home to 2500 households.   
       
     
 Monthly food and stipend distributions by the UNHCR. 
       
     
 The refugee camp is adjacent to the town of Aysaita, and this family of 9 children has chosen to live in town and walk out to the camp for services and supplies. Universally, there is an ongoing tension between the local people and the refugees, since the influx of people both brings a demand for small services (transport, market supplies) yet the refugees also have a large global agency providing them w a safety net of subsistence food and housing. 
       
     
 Remarkably, water is provided without ration to refugees via bore-hole wells throughout the camp. Aysaita sits on the banks of the Awash River, so despite the arid dessert context there is an island of green sugar cane fields and an industry employing 1000s of workers, bringing jobs and economic vibrance to the area.   
       
     
 A traditional Afari home, which some people have chosen to construct within the camp with found items including plastic and tree branches. Routinely the area is hit by large sandstorms and tornado-like winds, easily destroying these fragile houses.
       
     
 For more information visit www.refugepoint.org
       
     
 Children of a family currently in the resettlement process and headed for the USA. They are beginning to learn english. Their father was submitted for resettlement as a survivor of violence and torture.
       
     

Children of a family currently in the resettlement process and headed for the USA. They are beginning to learn english. Their father was submitted for resettlement as a survivor of violence and torture.

Working with RefugePoint in the Hottest Place on Earth
       
     
Working with RefugePoint in the Hottest Place on Earth

There are more displaced people in the world today - over 50million- than at anytime since WWII. Ethiopia is embracing the largest refugee population in Africa; Somalis, Sudanese, and a large group of Afaris fleeing violence and torture in Eritrea. Conor and I spent last week at one of the most remote, hottest places on earth, Aysaita, Ethiopia, working w RefugePoint.org and the UN's High Commission of Refugees (UNHCR) to photograph this most vulnerable population, fleeing to relative "safety" in one of the harshest environments in the world. 

For more information visit www.refugepoint.org

 Children make up 54% of the Aysaita Refugee Camp population. RefugePoint works to identify children who are either completely alone, or seperated from their parents. Much work is also being done to address early childhood marriage and female cutting.
       
     

Children make up 54% of the Aysaita Refugee Camp population. RefugePoint works to identify children who are either completely alone, or seperated from their parents. Much work is also being done to address early childhood marriage and female cutting.

 Waiting for food distributions, these two Afari women will get wheat, salt, oil and a small stipend provided by UNHCR. They've also been provided with cooking pots and water cans, reflecting the fact that most refugees flee in crisis and literally have nothing with them when they arrive at the camp.  For more information visit www.refugepoint.org
       
     

Waiting for food distributions, these two Afari women will get wheat, salt, oil and a small stipend provided by UNHCR. They've also been provided with cooking pots and water cans, reflecting the fact that most refugees flee in crisis and literally have nothing with them when they arrive at the camp.

For more information visit www.refugepoint.org

 Many refugees at Aysaita have fled violence and torture in Eritrea, and are hopeful of resettlement in the US, Canada or Australia. The US has approved 1000 Afaris for resettlement this year, and the RefugePoint staff is helping viable candidates file the paperwork and prepare for the cultural adjustment of moving from this very remote environment into the Western World. 
       
     

Many refugees at Aysaita have fled violence and torture in Eritrea, and are hopeful of resettlement in the US, Canada or Australia. The US has approved 1000 Afaris for resettlement this year, and the RefugePoint staff is helping viable candidates file the paperwork and prepare for the cultural adjustment of moving from this very remote environment into the Western World. 

 The UNHCR offers a school inside the camp for the children, which was well attended by both boys and girls. We met an English teacher who is himself Afari, and proud of the work that he is doing to help the kids both stay engaged while they are in the limbo of the refugee camp, and prepare for what lies ahead since the most likely resettlement would be Canada, Australia or the USA. 
       
     

The UNHCR offers a school inside the camp for the children, which was well attended by both boys and girls. We met an English teacher who is himself Afari, and proud of the work that he is doing to help the kids both stay engaged while they are in the limbo of the refugee camp, and prepare for what lies ahead since the most likely resettlement would be Canada, Australia or the USA. 

 The Aysaita Refugee Camp, home to 2500 households.   
       
     

The Aysaita Refugee Camp, home to 2500 households.

 

 Monthly food and stipend distributions by the UNHCR. 
       
     

Monthly food and stipend distributions by the UNHCR. 

 The refugee camp is adjacent to the town of Aysaita, and this family of 9 children has chosen to live in town and walk out to the camp for services and supplies. Universally, there is an ongoing tension between the local people and the refugees, since the influx of people both brings a demand for small services (transport, market supplies) yet the refugees also have a large global agency providing them w a safety net of subsistence food and housing. 
       
     

The refugee camp is adjacent to the town of Aysaita, and this family of 9 children has chosen to live in town and walk out to the camp for services and supplies. Universally, there is an ongoing tension between the local people and the refugees, since the influx of people both brings a demand for small services (transport, market supplies) yet the refugees also have a large global agency providing them w a safety net of subsistence food and housing. 

 Remarkably, water is provided without ration to refugees via bore-hole wells throughout the camp. Aysaita sits on the banks of the Awash River, so despite the arid dessert context there is an island of green sugar cane fields and an industry employing 1000s of workers, bringing jobs and economic vibrance to the area.   
       
     

Remarkably, water is provided without ration to refugees via bore-hole wells throughout the camp. Aysaita sits on the banks of the Awash River, so despite the arid dessert context there is an island of green sugar cane fields and an industry employing 1000s of workers, bringing jobs and economic vibrance to the area.

 

 A traditional Afari home, which some people have chosen to construct within the camp with found items including plastic and tree branches. Routinely the area is hit by large sandstorms and tornado-like winds, easily destroying these fragile houses.
       
     

A traditional Afari home, which some people have chosen to construct within the camp with found items including plastic and tree branches. Routinely the area is hit by large sandstorms and tornado-like winds, easily destroying these fragile houses.

 For more information visit www.refugepoint.org
       
     

For more information visit www.refugepoint.org