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Bringing Light to Hope: UNHCR Launches Solarization Project in Kharaz Refugee Camp, Yemen


The UNHCR, UN Refugee Agency, and Yemeni government are launching a solarization project at Kharaz Refugee Camp in Lahj Governorate, Yemen, to enhance the quality of life for over 2,330 families.

Kharaz Refugee Camp
Kharaz Refugee Camp

UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, and the Yemeni government launched a solarization project at Kharaz Refugee Camp:

• Aims to improve quality of life for over 2,330 families, mainly Somali and Ethiopian refugees and asylum-seeker families.

• Solarization of critical facilities like water wells, distribution pumps, and a health clinic.

• Aligns with UNHCR's global mandate for refugee protection and supports economic inclusion and improved livelihood opportunities.


UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, and the Yemeni government have started a solarization project at Kharaz Refugee Camp in Lahj Governorate, Yemen.


The project aims to improve the quality of life for over 2,330 families, primarily Somali and Ethiopian refugee, and asylum-seeker families, as well as the communities that host them, by solarizing critical facilities such as water wells, distribution pumps, and the only health clinic.


This initiative represents a significant step toward sustainable energy and carbon emissions reduction, aligning with UNHCR's global mandate for refugee protection while also supporting broader goals of economic inclusion and improved livelihood opportunities.


Kharaz Refugee Camp opened in 2001. It remains Yemen's only refugee camp, housing nearly 9,800 refugees and asylum seekers, the majority of whom are from Somalia and Ethiopia. The UNHCR and its partners provide protection and assistance to refugees, asylum seekers, and the communities that host them. Yemen currently hosts over 71,000 refugees and asylum seekers.

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