Khewa was just one of the refugee camps set around Peshawar city, in Pakistani troubled border region with Afghanistan, a camp hosting more than 2000 residents, built in mud in the middle of large dust fields where men, women and children work from dawn to night-fall making bricks for wages of less than 2 and a half US dollars a day. But Khewa camp has become more than a refugee camp over the last years.
“Despite the hard life we had, Khewa offered us a home where we could go to school without fearing we forgot to cover our faces with burkas, without fearing we would be beaten, abducted, or even killed on the way to school. Without fearing our school will be burned down by the time we arrive there. Khewa offered us the security of a doctor and medical supplies, a doctor that would see us if sick, no matter if man or woman, just a human being ready to help another human being.”
Now all this is gone.
Khewa camp was forcibly closed at the end of 2007,
it’s schools and clinic bulldozed and its residents left
with no other choice than to go back
to an insecure life in a war-torn country,
many of them have never even visited,