Interview with “Mama” Hawa Aden Mohamed, 2012 Nansen Refugee Award

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Javier Collado interviews Hawa Aden Mohamed with special occasion of World Refugee Day. Mrs. “Mama” Hawa was the founder and director of the Galkayo Education Centre for Peace and Development in Puntland, northeastern Somalia. She was declared the winner of the 2012 Nansen Refugee Award. Mohamed is a former refugee who returned to Somalia in 1995, where she launched an education program to assist people uprooted by the country’s persistent conflict.

Photos resource: UNHCR/F.Juez

World Refugee Day: the Hidden Truth of Refugees

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Balata Camp is the largest refugee camp in the West Bank.
The area is 0.25 km2.
The population registered by the UNRWA are 26,500 but the real number in the camp are 28,000.
The unemployment rate in Balata camp is more than 25%.
There are 4 schools in 3 buildings with 6500 students.
Health-care facilities: 1 UNRWA clinic and 2 other health-care centers.
The poverty rate in Balata camp is more than 45%.
More than 40% of the people suffer from chronic diseases (Diabetic, pressure and nerves and respiratory diseases) because of the overcrowded population.

Major problems in Balata:
• High unemployment
• Bad water and sewage network
• High population density
• Overcrowded schools

Video edition: Gonzalo Boronat Badía (Butidog Media)
Realization: Ruth Marjalizo
Translation: Mohammed Saleh