Live from Harsham camp – “Hope in the Camp”

19.09.2017. Today, MicroCamp Radio workshop is in Harsham camp. 

We hold two workshops in the day. During the first session in the morning, participants name their program “Hope in the camp”.

Harsham camp, located not far from Erbil, welcomes 1,500 internally displaced Iraqis from cities of North-West Iraq such as Mosul and Sinjar. They fled because of the Islamic State.

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We are warmly welcomed by the camp manager who sits in an office at the entrance of this camp managed by The Barzani Charity Foundation (BCF).

The morning when we arrive, a distribution of food and other items is taking place. Families come to take their packs for the week.

In 2014, when this camp was settled, conditions where hard. For example, there was 1 bathroom for 7 families. Families lived in tents and during the rainy season, water was entering in the shelters. Since that time, situation has improved. People live in caravans of 3 by 5 meters. There is generally electricity, although sometimes the generator runs out, and plenty of facilities like a golden container named Shared Studios in which one can communicate with people around the world and a brand new football stadium.

From the prefabricated housing where we discuss with Hihab, Kram, Samir, Réma, Raïma & Shénar, we hear people chatting outside.

Inside, we discuss about daily life in an IDP camp: status of women, food distributions, languages, cooking, sports…

Through their voices, we learn about their lives, their reflections, their wishes.

Listen to the integral program here :