Talbieh camp was one of six "emergency" camps set up in 1968 for 5,000 Palestine refugees and displaced persons who left the West Bank and Gaza Strip as a result of the 1967 Arab-Israeli war.
Unlike the other camps in Jordan, Talbieh's inhabitants were mainly displaced persons, not refugees. Also, residents are mostly Bedouin.
Talbieh was set up on an area of about 0.13 square kilometres, 35km south of Amman. It is the largest camp in terms of state land.
Tents were donated by the Iranian Red Lion and Sun Society, who later replaced them with concrete shelters.
Many shelters are in a bad state of repair with zinc or asbestos sheet roofs, structural problems, and poor natural light and ventilation.
- More than 7,000 registered refugees
- One women’s programme centre
- Four schools
- One health centre
- One community-based rehabilitation centre
- Demographic profile
Programmes in the camp
- Early marriage and divorce
- Poverty and unemployment
- Absence of green areas and open play spaces
- Irregular jobs with no social security or health insurance schemes