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COVID-19 threatens refugee camps

People in refugee camps in Syria, Greece and Bangladesh face a heightened risk of COVID-19 due to more densely populated conditions than even the Diamond Princess—the cruise ship where transmission of the virus was four times faster than in Wuhan.

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See how population density puts refugees at risk

Illustrator and data journalist Mona Chalabi partnered with the IRC to help us communicate the threats refugees are facing in light of COVID-19—and the need for the world to act. 

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If we take action now, we can slow the spread of COVID-19 and save lives. The International Rescue Committee is providing life-saving programs in countries threatened by the virus. Learn more about our critical work.

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Learn how the IRC team in Kenya's Kakuma camp, now home to some 194,000 refugees, is helping people stay safe.