News / Middle East

Displaced Syrians Struggle in Internal Camps

Syrians Displaced by War Struggle to Survivei
X
February 13, 2013 7:01 PM
Relief agencies say the fighting in Syria is displacing a growing number of people. Over 700,000 are refugees in neighboring countries. And an estimated two million are displaced inside Syria, where conditions are harsh and despair is deep. VOA's Scott Bobb reports from the Bab al-Salama camp in northern Syria.
Scott Bobb
On a winter day in the Bab al-Salama camp in northern Syria, more than 10,000 Syrians are struggling to survive. The population of this sprawling tent city has doubled in the past three months, primarily because of bombings by Syrian government forces.  And they are just a small proportion of the two million people counted as internally displaced.

Most of the people at the camp are waiting for a safer place in neighboring Turkey, which already shelters nearly 200,000 Syrians. Every few days, the Turkish authorities allow a few hundred in. In all, 700,000 Syrians are registered as refugees in neighboring countries.

Um Ahmed - her assumed name - fled the town of Azaz one month ago with her nine children. She said life in the camp is hard.

“It's starvation," she said. "There is no bread. The relief that comes doesn't reach us. There is no medical assistance. No sanitation. Nothing.”

Some aid

A Turkish aid group provides meals but residents say these are not enough. Many people are malnourished. Water and sanitation are lacking. Some medicines are in short supply.

At night, the temperature drops to near-freezing. Some people have heating stoves but many do not. There is no firewood, so residents burn trash to stay warm. The smoke creates a health hazard.

Mohamed Rami, a merchant, fled Aleppo four months ago. He helps dig drainage ditches in the camp.

“It's to remove the rainwater," he said. "Before it was like a lake here. But the mud is also a big problem.”

Atmat Hatib has put up a tent for his family of 10.  He predicts a long war between forces of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and rebels of the Free Syrian Army.

The United Nations says the two-year conflict has killed nearly 70,000 people.

“As soon as Bashar al-Assad falls, everyone will go back home," Hatib said. "But until then, nobody is going anywhere.”

You May Like

Turkey's Controversial Reform Bill Giving Investors Jitters

Homeland security reform bill will give police new powers in search, seizure, detention and arrests, while restricting the rights of suspects, their attorneys More

Audio Slideshow In Kenyan Prison, Good Grades Are Path to Freedom

Some inmates who get high marks could see their sentences commuted to non-custodial status More

'Rumble in the Jungle' Turns 40

'The Champ' knocked Foreman out to regain crown he had lost 7 years earlier when US government accused him of draft-dodging and boxing officials revoked his license More

This forum has been closed.
Comments
     
There are no comments in this forum. Be first and add one

Featured Videos

Your JavaScript is turned off or you have an old version of Adobe's Flash Player. Get the latest Flash player.
Victorious Secularists Face Challenge to Form Government in Tunisiai
X
Henry Ridgwell
October 30, 2014 11:39 PM
Official results from Tunisia show the Islamist Ennahda party has failed to win the second free election since the so-called "Arab Spring" uprising in 2011. Ennahda, which handed power to a government of technocrats pending the elections, lost out to the secular party Nidaa Tounes. Henry Ridgwell reports from London that the relatively peaceful poll offers some hope in a volatile region.
Video

Video Victorious Secularists Face Challenge to Form Government in Tunisia

Official results from Tunisia show the Islamist Ennahda party has failed to win the second free election since the so-called "Arab Spring" uprising in 2011. Ennahda, which handed power to a government of technocrats pending the elections, lost out to the secular party Nidaa Tounes. Henry Ridgwell reports from London that the relatively peaceful poll offers some hope in a volatile region.
Video

Video Africa Tells its Story Through Fashion

In Africa, Fashion Week is a riot of colors, shapes, patterns and fabrics - against the backdrop of its ongoing struggle between nature and its fast-growing urban edge. How do these ideas translate into needle and thread? VOA’s Anita Powell visited this year’s Mercedes Benz Fashion Week Africa in Johannesburg to find out.
Video

Video Smugglers Offer Cheap Passage From Turkey to Syria

Smugglers in Turkey offer a relatively cheap passage across the border into Syria. Ankara has stepped up efforts to stem the flow of foreign fighters who want to join Islamic State militants fighting for control of the Syrian border city of Kobani. But porous borders and border guards who can be bribed make illegal border crossings quite easy. Zlatica Hoke has more.
Video

Video China Political Meeting Seeks to Improve Rule of Law

China’s communist leaders will host a top level political meeting this week, called the Fourth Plenum, and for the first time in the party’s history, rule of law will be a key item on the agenda. Analysts and Chinese media reports say the meetings could see the approval of long-awaited measures aimed at giving courts more independence and include steps to enhance an already aggressive and high-reaching anti-corruption drive. VOA’s Bill Ide has more from Beijing.
Video

Video After Decades of Pressure, Luxembourg Drops Bank Secrecy Rules

European Union finance ministers have reached a breakthrough agreement that will make it more difficult for tax cheats to hide their money. The new legislation, which had been blocked for years by countries with a reputation as tax havens, was approved last week after Luxembourg and Austria agreed to lift their vetoes. But as Mil Arcega reports, it doesn’t mean tax cheats have run out of places to keep their money hidden.
Video

Video Kobani Refugees Welcome, Turkey Criticizes, US Airdrop

Residents of Kobani in northern Syria have welcomed the airdrop of weapons, ammunition and medicine to Kurdish militia who are resisting the seizure of their city by Islamic State militants. The Turkish government, however, has criticized the operation. VOA’s Scott Bobb reports from southeastern Turkey, across the border from Kobani.

All About America

AppleAndroid