Astonishing time-​​lapse satellite imagery shows rapid growth of refugee camps

The Washington Post
By Max Bearak
September 19, 2016

On Mon­day, mem­ber coun­tries will con­vene at the United Nations head­quar­ters in New York City for a sum­mit on the global refugee cri­sis. They will try to agree on a more humane, coor­di­nated response.

The cri­sis has reached unprece­dented pro­por­tions. There are upward of 65.3 mil­lion forcibly dis­placed peo­ple world­wide. A third of them are in coun­tries other than their own. Ten mil­lion of them were born as refugees and remain state­less, which gives a sense of the intractabil­ity of many conflicts.

Inter­na­tional insti­tu­tions have scram­bled to pro­vide food, med­ical treat­ment, shel­ter and safety. The office of the United Nations High Com­mis­sioner for Refugees plays a lead­ing role in set­ting up camps, both for inter­nally and exter­nally dis­placed peo­ple. Count­less other orga­ni­za­tions, big and small, lead and bol­ster that push, depend­ing on the location.

New time-​​lapse satel­lite imagery of the bur­geon­ing camps from above, shot and com­piled by a pri­vate com­pany called Planet, pro­vides a remark­able visual of the cri­sis. The images give a sense of the need for a quick response from the inter­na­tional com­mu­nity as con­flict arises so as to avoid a human­i­tar­ian catastrophe.

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