Torbat-E Jam: Refugee Guest City

The first thing we were told upon arriving at Torbat-e Jam was that this is a "guest city," not a refugee camp. Seventy-two hundred people live here, less than 50 miles from the border of Afghanistan. Of the two million Afghan refugees in Iran, only 90,000 live in camps or guest cities like this.

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Photos by Reese Erlich and Keith Porter
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old woman in refugee camp.two young boys in refugee camp.

crowd of boys in refugee camp.
old man in refugee camp.
two women in refugee camp.