Baqir's Refugee Camp
Baqir is living with his parents, brother and sister in Serwestan camp in Shiraz province in Iran.
The number of refugees in Serwestan camp is 2356 (the latest figure), about one third of them are living in basic brickwork houses which compose of two small rooms, kitchen and bathing area, and basic toilet facility. Each housing unit has a tap of running water. The other two thirds are living either in tents or in prefabricated housing units consisting of two compartment and the toilet and bathing facilities are shared.
There is a school in the camp where boys and girls attend the school at different times. Also there is a very small nursery which accommodate only 50-60 children with very basic facilities.
The children are always in need of clothes, shoes and stationaries which is not supplied by the camp. sometimes children are ashamed to go to school because they do not have proper clothing or footwear.
There is a medical clinic which provide primary health care for the inhabitants. Patients who require hospitalisation or operation should pay fees. Most of the refugees do not have regular income, they have to sell some of their belonging such as selling a blanket in summer or selling a fan in winter, or selling a little bit of rice or flour for cash so that they can have basic medical treatment.
World Wide Welfare
World Wide Welfare is a registered charity in England and Wales. Its objectives are:
1. To relieve poverty, distress or suffering (including starvation, sickness or any physical disability or affliction) by appropriate charitable assistance whether medical rehabilitation, financial or otherwise in any part of the world.
2. To promote education by appropriate charitable assistance, including the establishment, maintenance and development of schools, training centres or any educational establishments.
3. To assist in the preservation, conservation and protection of the natural environment for the public benefit in any part of the world.
The areas of operation include the Iraq-Iran border (Iraqi refugees), Kosovo (Kosovan refugees), Afghanistan and Palestine.
According to UNHCR (United Nations High Commission for Refugees) reports, there are 550,000 Iraqi refugees living in the Islamic Republic of Iran, of which 88,000 of them are living in the camps near the border with Iraq. The rest are scattered all over cities in Iran, mainly in Tehran, Qom, Mashad and Ahwaz.
The Iraqi refugees who are living in the camps receive help from the Iranian government, the UNHCR and other organisations, but it is not enough. Those refugees who are living outside the camps receive very little help from local charities. These Iraqi refugees who were forced to leave their country are in desperate need of your help; they are literally forgotten, and not even included in the UN resolution Oil-for-food programme.
Your regular contribution will enable World Wide Welfare to provide food and basic health needs and care for the vulnerable groups: the children (under 15) who constitute 53-57% of the population of most camps, the elderly and the disabled, the orphans and widows.
The UNHCR and WFP distribute flour, rice, cooking oil and pulses, in quantities to keep the refugees alive. No meat, vegetables or fruites is available free for the refugees, only for those who can afford it.
Sometimes the distribution of food is delayed for one reason or another, then the refugees have to suffer. In these circumstances we have to act immediately to distribute rice and cooking oil as you can see in one of the photos.
Projects adopted by World Wide Welfare
World Wide Welfare has different projects in the camps such as:
These are some of the activitees and projects of WWW, Although we are a small charity, but we are making an impact on the general condition of the refugees in the camps.
We are planning to expand our area of operation to include Burundi when we find the right contacts there. We have also managed to send some help to Kosovo and Afghanistan, and have made donations for helping the Palestinian orphans and a number of refugees in Indonesia.
During the last few years we had tremendous response from people in different parts of the world and also from home (UK) where few ladies have offered their wedding ring and pieces of their jewellary to Baqir fund.
A big thank you to all of you who supported the needy through World Wide Welfare.
Dr. Bayan Alaraji