The United Nations humanitarian aid agencies, including the United Nations International Childrens Emergency Fund (UNICEF) and the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), assist individuals in extreme need around the world by providing goods and services including food, clothing, education, and housing. The tarpaulin, water purification tablets, and water container are essential items that are distributed to incoming residents of refugee settlements. Plastic tarpaulins are typically used as part of temporary shelters, though they can be transformed as needed into other useful objects, like raincoats or bags. As part of its mission to educate people about water sanitation and general health, UNICEF distributes the water container and water purification tablets, which help combat water-borne diseases common throughout crisis zones.
Gallery label from Insecurities: Tracing Displacement and Shelter, October 1, 2016–January 22, 2017.