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Yugoslav Refugees In Egypt

Discussion in 'WWII Today' started by GRW, Jun 11, 2017.

  1. GRW

    GRW Pillboxologist WW2|ORG Editor

    Oct 26, 2003
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    Stirling, Scotland
    I wasn't aware of this one-
    "The everyday life of Eastern Europeans at an Egyptian refugee camp during World War II has been revealed in an incredible set of photographs.
    The pictures were taken at El Shatt, the United Nations Relief and Rehabilitation Administration's refugee camp set up in Egypt for Yugoslavian refugees.
    The camp, located near the Suez Canal in the Sinai desert, was established by the British in the summer of 1944 to accommodate the large number of civilians fleeing from what is now Croatia ahead of a German invasion.
    More than 30,000 people lived in the refugee camp for a total of 18 months. During their time in the camp, there were 300 marriages. Additionally, 650 children were born.
    Images show old and young people alike relaxing in the camp and trying to while away the hours by painting, sculpting and letting the children play on a see-saw and swings.
    Other shots depict the hardship that was endured by the refugees as doctors tend to weary patients, thin men build furniture and women try to find clothes to fit their children.
    The refugees returned home at the beginning of 1946 when the war was over and a more stable political situation in Yugoslavia was established.
    At the place of their exile rests a graveyard with 825 graves of people who did not withstand the tough conditions of life in the desert. "
    Images of Yugoslavians at an Egyptian refugee camp in WWII | Daily Mail Online
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  2. The Alerted Beast

    The Alerted Beast Member

    May 6, 2017
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    Some of the pics have striking resemblance to Yazidi refugee camps. It's heartbreaking to see that history keeps repeating itself.

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