The Afghan refugee camp in Islamabad is located in the southwest of the outskirts of the city opposite Metro, the city's largest supermarket. The camp gathers refugees fleeing from other places because of the war in Pakistan and Afghanistan. Nowadays, women and children dominate the refugee camps, and most young men are migrant workers. This is the place where refugees can live in the most concentrated way.
Afghan refugee camps are located in the outskirts of Islamabad. They are the largest refugee camps in Pakistan and Afghanistan. They have poor environmental conditions. There are people on the border between the two countries. After watching these camps, they feel the cruelty of the war.
Evaluating the quality of the refugee camps in Afghanistan is a very difficult thing. As tourists, it's pure novelty hunting. The huge Metro Supermarket, just one road away from the refugee camps, children play on both sides of the road. Whenever strange faces appear, children are watching more and more excitedly. The older children are blocking the camera in order to take more pictures. Smash your ears. It's heartbreaking to see.
Many Afghan refugees have lived in Pakistan for more than 30 years, and their second or third generations have grown up in this poor environment. However, in recent years, as the security situation in Afghanistan has deteriorated, wars have resumed in many places and many new refugees have emerged.
This one, which I visited in September 2012, is located 10 kilometers near the city of Islamabad. It was founded in the 1970s when Afghan refugees exiled as a result of the Soviet invasion came here. Later, refugees in exile because of Taliban rule and the war in Afghanistan came in one after another.
Located 10 kilometers near the city of Islamabad. It was founded in the 1970s and exiled in Afghanistan because of the Soviet invasion.
It's far from the city of Islamabad. There are many refugees from Afghanistan. It's not recommended to go there. The security is not very good. They will meet thieves. But the children in the refugee camp are very innocent and lovely. They like to take pictures with the Chinese people. If you take pictures with them, try to leave them with a fast-imaging camera. This may be their most precious gift.