Humans and animals in a refugee camp: Baquba, Iraq, 1918-20

White, B. T. (2018) Humans and animals in a refugee camp: Baquba, Iraq, 1918-20. Journal of Refugee Studies, 32(2), pp. 216-236. (doi: 10.1093/jrs/fey024)

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When human populations are forcibly displaced, they often take animals with them—and, even if they are not accompanied by their own, animals often play an important role in their experience of displacement. This article uses a historical example—the Baquba refugee camp near Baghdad in the period 1918–20—to illustrate the multifaceted role of animals in structuring the experiences of refugees: their living spaces; their health; their economic and affective interactions; the way they were represented to a wider world; their relations with the surrounding population and landscape; and the plans made for them by the camp authorities. It is a history with many resonances in camps today, from the goat barns that are a distinctive architectural feature of Sahrawi camps in Algeria to the economic and cultural role of camels for the inhabitants of Dadaab, Kenya and beyond.

Item Type:Articles
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:White, Dr Benjamin Thomas
Authors: White, B. T.
College/School:College of Arts & Humanities > School of Humanities > History
Journal Name:Journal of Refugee Studies
Publisher:Oxford University Press
ISSN (Online):1471-6925
Published Online:14 May 2018
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2018 The Author
First Published:First published in Journal of Refugee Studies 32(2):216-236
Publisher Policy:Reproduced in accordance with the publisher copyright policy

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