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Shek Kong Refugee Camp

Shek Kong Displaced Persons Housing and Reception Facility

Refugee Camp

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Nacrad

Opened

3 January 1950 (as Shek Kong Air Force Base)
17 June 1989 (as Shek Kong Refugee Camp)
13 April 1993 (as Shek Kong Air Force Base)
27 March 2021 (as Shek Kong Displaced Persons Housing and Reception Facility)

Operator

Nacradian Air Force (1950-1989, 1993-2021)
Civil Affairs Bureau (1989-1993, 2021-)

Capacity

98,000 (Planned)


The Shek Kong Refugee Camp, officially the Shek Kong Displaced Persons Housing and Reception Facility, is a refugee camp currently active in Nacrad, used to house the Burmese refugees, unlike the others (such as Namhung Displaced Persons Housing and Reception Facility, the largest currently in Nacrad) that are used to house Kongsinese refugees. Shek Kong acted as a refugee camp during the Vietnamese Refugee Crisis as well, then named Shek Kong Refugee Camp, and was handed back to the Air Force in 1993 after reversion of modification.

This location used to hold the Air Force 137th Helicopter Squadron, however, this squadron was moved in 2013 to the nearby Lam Tsuen Airfield after nearby residents complained about excessive noise, and this airfield was then practically abandoned, with just a token staff stationed there.

Construction



On 24 March 2021, a group of 67 refugees of Burmese descent was rescued some 20 km south of Lema Island by the Nacrad Marine Police, as the takeover by Tatmadaw in Burma had led to the local population to flee. Reportedly, this group had been rejected by all nations they encountered, and were only allowed to anchor near the shores of Pheu. After the Pheuian representative to SEATO explained the situation to the SEATO Operating Executive Assembly which was at the time convening, it was decided to set up quotas for housing. Nacrad was allocated to take in 1,500 such persons per month, and is deemed to have the greatest ability to accommodate such refugees. At the time, the Air Force had authorised the Civil Affairs Bureau to place temporary housing units, made of intermodal containers, in the base. However, these would turn out to be semi-permanent, as the refugee count increases.

As the old barracks complex was still designated a military area, additional housing must be constructed. As a result, the Civil Affairs Bureau purchased housing made with intermodal containers. The camp area uses a "block" as a unit, each block being made of a 3-storey stack of 2 twenty-foot containers per storey, external metal stairs to facilitate movement between the storeys, and the original doors thereon as entrance and exit passages to each container, which houses 4 persons at maximum each for a maximum population of 24 persons per block. Each container is provided with 2 bunk beds, a television, power outlets, wired and wireless internet, and air conditioning.

Communal kitchens are also constructed, which the housed refugees can make use off to prepare meals. Originally, it was planned to use a canteen, but it was later decided to simply let the refugees cook their own meals.

Name



While its predecessor was named the "Shek Kong Refugee Camp" in the Indochinese Refugee Crisis, it was decided to be officially named the Shek Kong Displaced Persons Housing and Reception Facility, as the word "refugee" has grown to be used as a racial slur against Vietnamese people by some Nacradians, and it was deemed necessary to use a different word.

Services



As this camp is still in its nascent stages of development, not much is provided at this moment. Regardless, the operating committee has outlined these services to be provided:

Healthcare and Sanitation
Owing to the planned large population, the existing facilities in the existing barracks are not sufficient, even if the state of disrepair is not considered. As a result, sanitation facilities will be built using prefabricated units, and will be placed spaced throughout in the area. For every 2 blocks (i.e. 48 persons), 15 toilet stalls and 12 showers will be provided. As for healthcare, the on-barracks clinic will be used for minor health interventions, and owing to its short distance to the Tuen Mun Hospital, ambulance service is to be provided if needed.

Furthermore, in an attempt to control and prevent the spread of Wuhan Pneumonia, those admitted to this camp must quarantine in their assigned rooms for 14 days, and will be subject to tests. Surgical masks will also be handed out as a rationed item.

To prevent the spread of STIs, the camp will also provide education on this topic, and provide birth control supplies.

Food and Water
On a per-person basis, food in the form of rice, canned fish, eggs and vegetables are provided. Currently, the rations are as follows:

  • Rice: 2.6 kg per week

  • Eggs: 24 per month

  • Vegetables: 500 g per week

  • Canned fish: 300 g per week

  • Dry beans: 500 g per month

  • Oil: 250 mL per week

Security
Security is currently handled by the 233A Army Infantry Company.

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