1947 Partition - A Refugee Camp In Punjab, Pakistan

F.E. Chaudhrycirca. 1947

The Citizens Archive of Pakistan

The Citizens Archive of Pakistan

A typical set up at a refugee camp after the 1947 Partition of Indian subcontinent in Punjab, Pakistan. Refugees were given tents and they would use various materials including fabric to construct a shelter for themselves. Their possessions were limited and scattered.
Here the tent is set up whilst the few possessions which the refugees had brought with themselves lie around. Among these are steel trunks, bedding, a charpoy and pots. Firewood is seen lying on the ground. Many people spent winters in these tents.
Behind one of the trunks in the background, a refugee is busy with chores.

This image is from the collection of F.E. Chaudhry, the only known local Pakistani photographer who captured the events at the time.

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  • Title: 1947 Partition - A Refugee Camp In Punjab, Pakistan
  • Creator: F.E. Chaudhry
  • Date Created: circa. 1947
  • Subject Keywords: 1947 Partition of Indian Subcontinent, Migration, Refugee Camp, Punjab, Pakistan
  • Type: Photograph
  • Rights: Copyright © 2017 by Citizens Archive of Pakistan (CAP). All rights reserved. No part of this image may be reproduced, distributed, or transmitted in any form or by any means, including copying, or other electronic or mechanical methods, without the prior written permission of Citizens Archive of Pakistan (CAP). This image was donated by F.E. Chaudhry to CAP.


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