2. The Family FilesUNRWA has stored and produced data on Palestine refugees since its inception in 1950. The archives comprising refugee "family files" (or "fact sheets") contain original documents submitted by refugee families to UNRWA in order to support their application to become refugees, and new documents regarding their case since then. The archives consist of folders, one for each family.
The family files contain information about the refugee families such as:
At present the family files are located in each of UNRWA's five Field Offices.
The folders are organized serially according to the place the family registered
with UNRWA. In most Fields storage conditions are unsuitable for organic
material. It is thus impossible to prevent a slow destruction of the documents,
let alone to allow access for outside users. Accessibility is restrained
by the danger of harming the material, the concerns about confidentiality
and personal privacy, the sensitivity of the documents, the lack of a central
storage place and lack of computerized registers.