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Refugee Child from Nablus, Palestine, n.d.

Refugee Child on Mule Returning to His House in Nablus. Palestine

New York State Archives, NYSA_A3045-78_5923
Document Description
Refugee child from Nablus, Palestine, n.d.
What is a refugee?
Why do people become refugees?
Why might this child from Nablus have become a refugee?
Historical Challenges
Although World War I ended decades ago, both global unrest and disasters have made people refugees in several parts of the world. Research and report on one group of people that have become refugees, where they are now, what problems they have faced, and what solutions may resolve their situation.
Interdisciplinary Connections
Family and Consumer Science: Design a blueprint of a facility to help refugees. Label buildings and fixtures, and explain why you shoes to include the features you did.
Math: Suppose an individual at a refugee camp needs to eat 5 lbs. of food each day. If a supply truck can carry 2 tons of food, how many trucks would it take to supply food for 3,000 refugees for one day?


Historical Context
As in other wars, soldiers were not the only victims of World War I.  No area is designed to be a battlefield.  To the contrary, battles often take place on or around peoples’ cities, towns, and even their personal property.  The fear of approaching war, fear of or abuse from enemies, or the concern of occupation by a military group are all factors that may force people to flee their homes or even their country.  People displaced from their countries as a result of war or other extreme circumstances are known as refugees.

The child in the photograph is a refugee from Nablus, a city located in the West Bank.
Although World War I is often associated with the trench warfare of the Western Front in Europe, the war was fought across the span of several continents.  One area of intense fighting was the Middle East, where the British and Arabic allies fought against the Ottoman Empire (the Ottomans were aligned with the Central Powers).  Like so many people in other cities and towns in various parts of the world, some of the inhabitants of Nablus fled their homeland as a result of World War I.
Essential Question
How does geography determine the effects of war?
Check for Understanding
Describe the scene in the photograph and explain the situation of the individual.