Al-Jazeera Mubasher monitored the suffering of refugees in the Abu Bakr camp in rural Idlib, as part of the “Twelve Harsh Winters” campaign, which monitors the humanitarian and living conditions of the displaced in northern Syria.
The camps of the displaced Syrians in the north suffer from severe cold as a result of the low weather, and in primitive, worn-out camps and with the abundance of rain, the suffering is getting worse day by day, and the displaced suffer from a lack of food, means of heating, and medicine.
“I dispensed with the tent and burned it to warm my children,” said one of the displaced, expressing the lack of available means of heating and the difficulty of obtaining any alternative.
He added, in tones of sorrow, that the nearest school is two kilometers away from the camp, and there are not enough clothes for the children, so he is ashamed and does not send them to school.
4 children died
Another said, “The situation is very bad. We do not have enough money to treat children. A child in the camp gets sick until he dies, and 4 children died in this way.”
Commenting on the suffering of northern Syria, media activist Anas Al-Maarawi said that humanitarian organizations and volunteer teams are striving and working, but they cannot cover the needs of the millions of displaced people in tents.--
Al-Maarawi added to Al-Jazeera Mubasher, for example, that all that reaches the tent from heating means is only 3 bags of coal, and it does not last and is not sufficient for more than two days, and since the winter is long and the storms continue, the international community must make greater efforts to save the camp residents.-
Regarding the possibilities available for treating children, he said, “The child may die until he reaches the hospital, because most of the camps are far from the centers of towns and cities that have medical points.”
He pointed out that some humanitarian organizations organize mobile medical teams between the camps, but they do not meet the purpose, especially in the winter and with camp residents using harmful materials to ignite, such as plastic and others, for the purpose of heating.
The media activist called for the need to establish sanitation facilities to save thousands of camps in northern Syria from the spread of the cholera epidemic.
He pointed out that the main demand of the camp residents is to return to their homes, saying, “These displaced people had homes and businesses and did not need anyone’s help at all, but circumstances forced them to this situation by asking for heating materials and other things.”